The COVID 19 infection continued to remain above 5000 for the second consecutive day on Tuesday in Bangladesh with the total infection reaching 6.05 lakh. The country also saw 45 deaths in a row taking the death toll to 8994. The positivity rate in the sample collected for testing was recorded at 18.94 percent, marking a big jump from about 3 percent on 28 February.

The number of new COVID 19 infections over the last two days is the highest since the first Corona positive case was detected in Bangladesh last year.

The government of Bangladesh had issued fresh guidelines on Monday putting restrictions on public gathering.

The public transport including buses and railways has been directed not to carry more than 50 percent passengers of their capacity. Inter-district transport to areas of high infection will be curtailed and suspended completely, if necessary.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) in a circular on Tuesday announced institutional quarantine of 14 days for passengers from Europe and the UK. Incoming passengers from other countries will be required to undergo 14 days home quarantine.

All educational institutions will also remain closed. All government and private establishments and factories will operate with 50 percent of their employee strength.

Mask wearing in public places has been made mandatory.

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