Buses have started plying in the City Corporation area from Wednesday morning. Several buses were seen plying at Karwan Bazar, Farmgate and Shahbag in the capital around 8 am. In the morning, passengers were seen sitting on these buses with empty seats.
Dhaka North and South, Chittagong, Gazipur, Narayanganj, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet, Barisal, Comilla, Rangpur and Mymensingh City Corporation areas have started bus service from this morning. However, long-distance public transport will be closed as usual.
Within two days of the ban on coronavirus infection, the government has decided to introduce morning-evening public transport in all city corporation areas of the country. However, half of the seats in the bus-minibus should be left empty. The rent will be 60 percent higher than the fixed rate.
Earlier, on March 31, the government had directed to run buses and minibuses leaving half the seats vacant. At the same time the rent was increased by 60 percent. But after the ban took effect last Monday, all types of public transport stopped operating.
In a virtual briefing on Tuesday afternoon, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reconsidered the issue of public transport subject to conditions, considering the lockdown situation in various public and private organizations. He added that at the beginning and end of each trip, the vehicle should be disinfected with disinfectant, transport personnel and passengers should wear mandatory masks and use hand sanitizer.
In no way can additional rent be collected from the adjusted rent (80 per cent increase). He also said that long-distance public transport will remain closed till further notice.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has called on the regulators to have confidence in the safety of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coroner’s vaccine. This information was given in the report of BBC online.
Boris Johnson said Tuesday, local time, that vaccination is very important. And the regulator’s advice is to continue this vaccination.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom made the remarks amid concerns about the possible side effects of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. He added that people should be vaccinated when the call comes.
In the UK, 31 million people have already taken the first dose of the corona vaccine. 54 lakh people have taken the second dose.
Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-Bioentech vaccines are being given in the UK. In addition, modern vaccines have been approved in the country.
The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Safety Committee is reviewing cases of abnormal blood clots in a small number of people following the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
The EMA’s safety committee said it had not yet reached a conclusion. Their review is ongoing. They hope the results of the review may be announced today or tomorrow.