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12:00 AM, April 05, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:08 AM, April 05, 2020

Buses, trains to stay put till April 11

Emegercy vehicles, goods-laden trucks out of purview

The government yesterday extended the suspension on movement of public transport until April 11 to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

The Road Transport and Highways Division made the decision yesterday, said a press release of the road transport and bridges ministry.

However, all goods-laden vehicles and those used in emergency services, including transportation of fuel, medicine, relief and perishable goods, would remain out of the purview of the suspension, it said.

No goods-laden vehicle will be allowed to carry passengers.

On March 24, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader announced that buses, minibuses, CNG-run auto-rickshaws and human hauliers would remain off the roads from March 26 to April 4.

Besides, services of all passenger trains, launches and domestic flights would remain suspended until further notice.

Meanwhile, many people are traveling to and from Dhaka on goods-laden vehicles ignoring the government directives, putting themselves and others at risk of getting coronavirus, according to media reports.

The government on April 1 extended the countrywide shutdown until April 11. The shutdown was initially declared for 10 days (March 26 to April 4).

Services of train, bus and other transport would resume gradually for the sake of people's livelihood, read a circular issued on April 1.


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