Medical &Health

Covid-19: No ‘O’ level, ‘A’ level exams in 2020-21 session

The government on Tuesday directed to cancel ‘O’ level and ‘A’ level examinations under the Cambridge system for 2020-21 session citing the worsening Covid-19 situation in the country.

‘O’ level and ‘A’ level examinations were scheduled to begin in April this year.

The Education Ministry issued a notice in this regard on Tuesday.

It requested the British Council not to hold the ‘O’ level and ‘A’ level examinations, as many foreign countries including UK, also decided to halt the exams.

Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has been seeing a surge in the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths. On Tuesday, it recorded 26 deaths for a second consecutive day and 1,719 new cases.

So far, the health authorities have confirmed 560,887 cases and 8,597 fatalities. The daily infection rate slightly fell to 8.29 percent from 9.48 percent on Monday, according to a handout of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Government strengthens measurers

Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Monday said the government would go tough to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The ministry has sent letters to the districts, directing the officials concerned to impose fines on people flouting Covid health protocols, he said.

“Educational Institutions were scheduled to resume from March 30 but the closure will be extended if the infection keeps surging at the present rate,” the Minister said.

Vaccination drive in Bangladesh

Bangladesh launched its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive on February 7.

By Monday, 4,485,954 people received the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The second dose has to be taken between 8 and 12 weeks of the first one.

The government signed an agreement with India’s Serum Institute for acquiring 30 million doses of the vaccine.

The institute will provide five million doses every month between January and June. People aged 40 or above can register for getting the jab at www.surokkha.gov.bd.

Source: United News of Bangladesh