All international and domestic flights will be banned for a week from Wednesday, coinciding with another lockout amid a spike in numbers.
Bangladesh has announced plans to ban all international and domestic flights for one week from Wednesday, coinciding with another lockout against the spike in new coronaviruses.
The Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority (CAAB) said all international passenger flights to and from Bangladesh would be suspended from April 14 to 20.
CAAB’s Deputy Aviation Marshal M Mafidur Rahman said more than 500 flights would be canceled because of the ban.
The aviation agency said domestic passenger flights and charter helicopters were suspended, while some exceptions could be made for medical evacuation flights, humanitarian relief and cargo, the aviation authorities said.
The rise in COVID-19 cases since March has forced the government to shut down nationwide for 9 days until Tuesday, followed by another 7-day lockout from Wednesday to slow the spread of virus.
Authorities imposed a moratorium on passengers flying from Europe and 12 other countries on April 3. Passenger flight on domestic routes was suspended on April 5.
Positive Ex-PM test
Meanwhile, former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia tested positive for the new coronavirus, her opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) said on Sunday.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, a senior leader of BNP, spoke during a press conference about the news, calling on people to pray for her.
The 74-year-old politician has been under the supervision of private doctors at her home in Dhaka since she finished her term after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government suspended her prison term for health reasons in March. last.
Zia, the prime minister three times in the 1990s and 2000s, has been jailed since February 2018 after a court sentenced her to five years in prison for embezzlement of orphanage. A higher court later doubled the deadline.
Eight other employees in her home have also tested positive for COVID-19, according to her doctor Mohammad Al Mamun.
Bangladesh, which reported its first new coronavirus infections last March, reported its highest one-day increase on Friday, with 7,462 cases. To date, the country has reported about 684,756 cases and 9,739 deaths.
The South Asian country had previously imposed a nationwide shutdown for more than two months since March 2020.