The deadline for land border closure with India has been extended by 16 days to June 30 to deal with the coronavirus. Foreign Secretary Masood bin Momen told the media.
A foreign ministry official said, “At a meeting on Sunday (June 13th), we decided that the border would remain closed until June 30th,”. Only with permission will there be access through a few land ports.
Due to the deteriorating situation in India, Bangladesh closed all land borders with the country for 14 days on April 26. Then it is extended a few points. However, Bangladeshi nationals stranded in India whose visas were valid for 15 days or less were given the opportunity to return home on the condition of a 14-day mandatory quarantine. The same rule still applies.
Bangladesh on Sunday recorded 47 deaths from COVID-19, the highest single-day death toll reported in more than a month. It also registered 2,436 new cases.
The health authorities have also detected the presence of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which is highly contagious.