Fri, 28 Jan 2022

DHAKA, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Amid a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, Bangladesh's Cabinet Division Monday issued a circular with the 11-point directives to be effective from Jan. 13.

In line with the directives, people must wear masks at all gatherings, shopping malls and restaurants. Otherwise, they will face legal actions, said the circular.

Buses and trains should be operated at half capacity. All sorts of open-air gatherings, including social, political and cultural functions were banned amid fears of the spread of the omicron, a highly contagious COVID-19 variant.

According to the directives, people will have to show their vaccine certificates to eat at restaurants and stay in residential hotels.

Mobile courts will initiate drives to make sure that people wear face masks and follow other health rules.

Bangladesh Monday reported 2,231 new COVID-19 cases, the daily highest number since Sept. 10 last year.

The 49.6 percent jump in new cases Monday has pushed the country's total caseload to 1,595,931.

Also on Monday, the country detected the omicron variant of COVID-19 in nine more patients, pushing the total number of cases of the new strain to 30 so far.

Three more new deaths were recorded, raising the death toll to 28,105.

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