As the transmission of the coronavirus continues to increase in Bangladesh, rail communication with the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, has been declared closed from noon on Tuesday (June 22).
Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan announced on Tuesday (June 22) evening.
Earlier on Monday (June 21), the government banned the movement in seven districts around Dhaka from June 22 to June 30 due to the rise in corona infection. The districts covered by the curfew are Narayanganj, Gazipur, Munshiganj, Manikganj, Rajbari, Madaripur, and Gopalganj.
However, transportation of agricultural inputs, food grains, and foodstuffs, relief distribution, health care, Covid-19 vaccination, electricity, water, gas/fuel, fire service will be excluded from the ban. In addition, the activities of ports, telephone and internet, media, private security, postal services, and other emergency and essential goods and services related to offices, their employees and vehicles, and freight trucks will be outside the scope of the ban.
Shortly afterward, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) imposed a ban on passenger vessels in these seven districts of the Dhaka Division, which were banned from June 22 to June 30.
Authorities said passenger launches and speedboats at Paturia-Daulatdia, Shimulia-Kanthalbari, and Mawa Ghats would be closed. At this time only cargo vehicles will be able to travel on the ferry.
Then, from 6 am on June 22 to midnight on June 30, the Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association announced the closure of long-distance bus services with Dhaka across the country.