Train services to resume at half capacity from Monday

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23rd May, 2021 05:55:49 PM printer

Train services to resume at half capacity from Monday

Twenty eight pairs of trains will run from Monday across the country after suspension of the services for over one month as part of the government restrictions on people’s movement to stem the coronavirus transmission.

The authorities concerned have been asked to keep half of the train seat vacant for ensuring social distance, said a handout issued by Railways Ministry on Sunday, reports UNB.

Passengers can purchase train tickets online, it said.

Passenger train services were suspended across the country on April 5 as part of countrywide lockdown following surge in Covid infections.

The government on Sunday extended the ongoing lockdown by another week until May 30 allowing public buses to run at half of their capacities considering the current coronavirus situation in the country.

The Cabinet Division  has issued a circular in this regard.

All concerned, including passengers, will have to maintain health protocols like wearing masks, says the circular.

Besides, hotels and restaurants will be allowed to keep open with half of half of their capacities.

The authorities concerned have been asked to take necessary steps in this regard.

Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh logged 38 more coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours till Saturday morning, taking the country's fatalities to 12,348.

The daily infection rate rose to 8.41% from Friday's 7.22%, said the Directorate General of Health Services.

Meanwhile, 1,028 new cases were reported after testing 12,230 samples.

Bangladesh reported 26 deaths on Friday after logging around 30 deaths for consecutive four days.

The fatality rate rose to 1.57% after remaining static at 1.56% for six days.

The recovery rate stood at 92.65% as 759 people recovered in the last 24 hours. The overall recovery number is 729,798 till date.

Bangladesh has so far reported 787,726 coronavirus cases.