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Bangladesh seals border with India

Dhaka

Bangladesh has decided to close its border with India for the next 14 days to control the spread of the deadly virus.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told Sunday a ban on entry from India has been imposed in line with the instructions of the prime minister’s office.

However, trade through the borders will continue.

“The movement of cargo will continue,” Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told.

India is going through a harrowing second wave of Covid-19. Lack of hospitals, oxygen cylinders and healthcare has brought the nation to its knees.

So, to limit Covid-19 transmission from the neighbouring country Bangladesh has decided to close off the land borders, that was open on a limited scale till now.

Previously on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry’s proposal to shut down Bangladesh’s borders with India was rejected at an inter-ministerial meeting.

India’s number of cases surged by 349,691 in the past 24 hours, the fourth straight day of record peaks, and hospitals in Delhi and across the country are turning away patients after running out of medical oxygen and beds.

Hospitals and doctors have put out urgent notices that they were unable to cope with the rush of patients.

People were arranging stretchers and oxygen cylinders outside hospitals as they desperately pleaded for authorities to take patients in, Journalist said.

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