DHAKA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged unvaccinated people to get jabbed to protect lives from the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Speaking at an inauguration ceremony online, Hasina said the Omicron variant is spreading fast and families are getting infected, calling on all people in the country to follow the health protocols properly and abide by the latest directives issued by the authorities.
Bangladeshi authorities on Thursday started to impose stringent rules to combat a fresh spike in COVID-19 infections.
In parts of Dhaka and elsewhere in the country, mobile courts initiated drives and fined those violating the restrictions.
On Monday, Bangladesh's Cabinet Division issued a circular with 11-point directives to be effective from Thursday until further notice.
Under the directives, people must wear masks at gatherings, shopping malls and restaurants. 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 highly-contagious variant.
Also, people will have to show their vaccine certificates to eat at restaurants and stay in residential hotels.