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Covid cases cross 3,000-mark, 12 die

Bangladesh on Thursday reported 3,359 Covid-19 cases while the coronavirus claimed overnight 12 lives. The country reported 12.03 percent Covid-19 positive cases as 27,920 samples were tested in the past 24 hours, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement. In the past 24 hours, the combined figure of coronavirus in Dhaka city and upazilas of ...

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Bangladesh urges Vietnam to influence Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation

Bangladesh urges Vietnam to influence Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation Bangladesh has urged Vietnam to exert their friendly influence on Myanmar to take their forcefully displaced citizens Rohingyas back on an expeditious basis. The urge was made during a telephone conversation between Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and his Vietnamese counterpart Bùi Thanh Son on Wednesday afternoon, reports BSS. During ...

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Omicron: Newly imposed 11-point restrictions begin

The newly imposed 11-point government restrictions began on Thursday to tackle Omicron transmission, keeping everything open. Meanwhile, buses and minibuses will run at half of their capacity at previous fares across the country from Saturday (January 12) complying with the 11-point directives. The Health Minister warned people to wear masks, otherwise they will be fined or even jail through mobile ...

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Dhaka-Washington ties to reach new heights: Miller

Outgoing US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller expressed hope that the “excellent relations” between the two countries would reach “new heights” in the future, noting that a high-level delegation from Washington would visit Dhaka within the next few months. He said the delegation has started preparations to discuss various issues of mutual interest with a view to taking the ...

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Covid-19: Daily positivity rate rises further to 11.68% in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is seeing a continuous rise in Covid-19 cases as 2,916 more infections along with four more deaths were reported in 24 hours till Wednesday morning. With the fresh cases reported after testing 24,964 samples, the daily positivity rate jumped again to 11.68 per cent from Tuesday’s 8.97 per cent during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health ...

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Buses to run at half capacity from Saturday, fare not hiked

Buses and minibuses will run at half of their capacity across the country from Saturday (January 12) maintaining social distances and without an increase in fare. The decision was taken at a meeting between the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and representatives of bus-minibus owners and workers at the BRTA head office at Banani in the capital on Wednesday afternoon. ...

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BNP leader Harris Chowdhury dies three months ago

Fugitive BNP leader Abul Harris Chowdhury died at a hospital in UK three-and-a-half-month ago. On Tuesday, his cousin Ashiq Chowdhury, Sylhet district unit BNP vice-president, shared a status on his Facebook page about Harris Chowdhury’s death. There, he also attached a photo of Harris Chowdhury. BNP leaders and activists wrote ‘Inna lillahi wa inna ilahi raziun” in the comments of ...

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Covid surge: Health Minister fears a rise in hospitalisation, deaths

The rates of hospitalisation and death caused by Covid-19 might see a rise in the next four or five days, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday. “There were around 250 Covid patients in hospitals on average a week ago and now it’s around 1000. The hospitalisation will rise further, and also deaths. Health workers brace for troubles,” the minister ...

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Rabab Fatima elected President of UN Women Executive Board

Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, has been unanimously elected as the President of the UN Women Executive Board for the year 2022. The election of the 5-member bureau was held on Tuesday in New York, which also elected the Permanent Representatives of Argentina, Ukraine, Iceland and Sierra Leone as the vice presidents. With this ...

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Covid: Dhaka, Rangamati marked as high-risk zones

Amid rising coronavirus cases and fatalities, the health authorities in Bangladesh have marked Dhaka and Rangamati districts as high-risk zones because of their high infection rates. After analyzing a week’s worth of countrywide Covid-19 data, from January 3-9, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Wednesday published a list categorising the different coronavirus-hit districts into three zones – red, yellow, ...

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