Covid-19: Educational institution closure extended to Jan 30

The government has again extended the closure of educational institutions until Jan 30 as the coronavirus situation shows no sign of improvement.

In a circular on Friday, the Education Ministry said that the decision will be effective for all educational institutions, except the Qawmi madrasas.

The government shut schools and educational institutions on March 17 last year after the country confirmed its first Covid-19 cases on March 8. The closure was extended several times, most recently until Jan 16 this year.

Friday’s circular said the closure has been extended to protect the students from the coronavirus infection.

During this extended period, students will remain at home.

Bangladesh’s coronavirus caseload stood at 526,485 on Friday with 7,862 fatalities – a mortality rate of 1.49%. So far, 471,123 patients – 89.48% – have recovered.

Since Jan 1 this year, the number of new cases, number of daily fatalities and recoveries has fallen.

Covid-19 vaccine on the way

Things are looking bright in the fight against coronavirus.

Bangladesh approved the emergency use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on January 7, allowing Beximco Pharmaceuticals to bring doses from the Serum Institute of India, which is manufacturing the vaccine.

Under the deal, Bangladesh will import 30 million doses from Serum in the next six months. “If everything goes well, we will get the vaccines in mid-January,” Health Minister Zahid Maleques said.

On December 28, Bangladeshi pharmaceutical company Globe Biotech got approval from the DGDA for manufacturing Covid-19 vaccine for clinical trials.

Health Minister Maleque on Thursday said they are ready to start a vaccination drive once vaccines come from abroad.

Source: United News of Bangladesh