“We will decide whether to suspend flights on international routes after observing the current wave of Covid-19 abroad,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said on Tuesday, according to media reports.
In addition, those coming from abroad with Covid-19 negative certificates will be tested again at airports in Bangladesh, the foreign minister said while responding to a question at an event at the Foreign Service Academy, the reports said.
Several countries across the world, including the US, are facing a spike in Covid-19 infections, leading many governments to enforce strict measures and restrictions to curb further transmission.
Anticipating a rise in Covid-19 infection in the country during winter, the Bangladesh government has been preparing to stave off the pandemic, which broke out in China in December 2019 and became a global crisis by March 2020.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the top brass of the government have urged and warned the nation several times to be prepared for the second wave of the pandemic.
The government recently adopted the “No mask, no service” policy in all public offices, aiming to encourage citizens to follow the health safety guidelines set for Covid-19.
The government has also decided to employ mobile courts across Dhaka city to ensure that citizens wear masks when outside.
After a slow improvement in the situation, the number of deaths and new infections are rising again in Bangladesh.
The country recorded 39 Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday – the highest single-day death toll in nearly two months.
The number of single-day new infections was reported to be 2,212 – the highest since September 3.
Tuesday was the second day in a row that the daily case tally crossed the 2,000-mark in the country. The last time the number of fresh cases crossed 2,000 was September 4.
Since the first detection of the fatal disease on March 8, Bangladesh has recorded 436,684 cases of infection, of whom 6,254 died, as of Tuesday, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Across the world, as of Tuesday, 55,559,875 cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded. Of those infected, 1,335,803 have died.