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Bangladesh extends border closure with India by 14 days

Bangladesh has announced an extension of border closure with India by another two weeks from June 1 as the coronavirus situation hardly shows signs of improvement.

Border with India will remain closed till June 14 but the movement of cargoes carrying goods will remain uninterrupted.

"We've extended it (border closure) for 14 more days and will evaluate the situation further," a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told UNB on Sunday.

Bangladesh decided to close its border with India for any kind of movement except that of cargo on April 26 which was later extended till May 31 to control the spread of Coronavirus as the situation in the neighbouring country deteriorated.

The passage of people through the border between Bangladesh and India has remained suspended since then.

In the first 15 days of May, India reported 58,431 deaths with a fatality rate of 1.06 percent. However, in the next two weeks, the country recorded 55,688 deaths with a 1.73 percent fatality rate, according to government figures.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Covid-19 mortality stood at 1.58 percent and case positivity rate at 10.11 percent on Sunday.

The country recorded 34 more Coronavirus-related deaths and 1,444 new cases in 24 hours until Sunday morning.

On May 8, Bangladesh confirmed its first case of the Indian coronavirus variant. The government has extended the ongoing lockdown till June 6.

Source: United News of Bangladesh