Bangladesh schools reopen after 18-month COVID-19 shutdown

Children in Bangladesh flooded back into classrooms on Sunday as schools reopened after 18 months, one of the world’s longest coronavirus shutdowns.The resumption came after UNICEF warned that prolonged school closures during the COVID-19 crisis were worsening inequities for millions of chil

Bangladesh floods impact more than 100,000

At least 12 of Bangladesh's 64 districts were heavily affected with more than 100,000 people from about 20,000 families suffering from the consequences of floods, the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry said in an update published Saturday. Floods caused by an onrush of upstream water and sea

Bangladesh vaccinating Rohingya refugees amid virus surge

Bangladesh’s government and aid agencies started vaccinating Rohingya refugees Tuesday as a virus surge raises health risks in the sprawling, cramped camps where more than 1 million people who fled Myanmar are sheltering. The highly transmissible delta variant is driving an infection surge

Delta variant blamed for Bangladeshi surge in COVID-19 infections

More than 50 percent of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections and nearly 44 percent of virus-related deaths across Bangladesh have been traced to the highly transmissible delta variant of the disease, health authorities confirmed on Tuesday. The government’s Directorate General of Healt

Bangladeshis rush back to work as factories reopen despite virus surge

Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers rushed back to major cities Saturday, besieging train and bus stations, after the government said export factories could reopen despite a deadly coronavirus wave.With the economy badly hit by the pandemic, the government excluded the factories t

Deadly floods, landslides hit Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi authorities have evacuated nearly 10,000 Rohingya refugees from makeshift settlements in the Cox’s Bazar district, after at least six were killed by landslides and flash floods in the past four days, officials said on Thursday. Cox’s Bazar, where more than 1 million Rohing

Bangladesh imposes strict COVID-19 lockdown after lifting rules for Eid

Bangladesh yesterday imposed a two-week nationwide lockdown after having eased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions to allow millions of people to travel for Eid Al-Adha celebrations.Authorities had lifted measures on July 13 in consideration of “the need to maintain normal econo

Bangladesh lifts coronavirus lockdown to celebrate, exasperating experts

 Waiting among hundreds of fellow travelers to catch a ferry out of Bangladesh’s capital, unemployed construction worker Mohammed Nijam knew he was risking catching the coronavirus, but he felt it was even riskier to stay in Dhaka with another lockdown looming.“I have to pay rent

Bangladesh factory owner held after 52 die in fire

Bangladesh police on Saturday arrested for murder the owner of a factory where 52 people died, as it emerged that children as young as 11 had been working there.Police said the owner was among seven people detained after the inferno broke out Thursday in the Dhaka suburbs and took more than a day

52 dead in Bangladesh factory fire as workers locked inside

A fire engulfed a food and beverage factory outside Bangladesh's capital, killing at least 52 people, many of whom were trapped inside by an illegally locked door, fire officials said Friday.The blaze began Thursday night at the five-story Hashem Foods Ltd. factory, in Rupganj, just outside Dhaka,

Bangladesh starts Pfizer vaccination program for workers bound for Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

Bangladesh is to provide coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pfizer vaccinations to migrant workers heading for Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to help them meet the new travel requirements of Gulf countries.The Bangladeshi overseas employment ministry made the announcement on Friday in the wake of Saudi Arabi

Bangladesh troops enforce strict lockdown after surge in COVID-19 deaths

Bangladesh has deployed troops to enforce a strict lockdown imposed on Thursday amid a deadly resurgence of coronavirus infections across the country.The week-long shutdown is a response to what the government said was an “alarming” rise in COVID-19 cases, with the country’s viru

Bangladesh to deploy army in lockdown to curb COVID-19 surge

Bangladesh is deploying army troops from Thursday to enforce a strict lockdown amid a record spike in coronavirus cases driven by the Delta variant first detected in India, the government said on Wednesday. Most restrictions imposed as part of a strict lockdown introduced in April have since been

Thousands stranded in Bangladesh ahead of sweeping COVID-19 lockdown

Thousands of people were stranded in Bangladesh’s capital on Monday as authorities halted almost all public transport ahead of a sweeping lockdown imposed to combat a deadly resurgence of COVID-19 infections.The country reported 119 deaths on Sunday, its highest-ever daily death toll from th

Bangladesh extends border closure with India until June 30 over Covid-19 fears

Bangladesh will keep its border crossings with India shut until the end of June following a surge in Covid-19 cases, hospital admissions and deaths in neighbouring Indian states. The announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was reported by the Dhaka Tribune on Monday. Bangl

Bangladesh opens 50 new mosques to celebrate 50 years of independence

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday opened 50 new mosques across the country to celebrate 50 years of independence.They are part of a major $1 billion construction program that started in 2017, with 560 “model” mosques featuring community and educational facilities bei

Bangladesh island gets UNHCR nod for Rohingya

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has recognized Bhasan Char as a potential location for the Rohingya seeking shelter in Bangladesh despite recent protests by some of the refugees living in the remote, cyclone-prone island.  Since December, Bangladeshi authorities have shifted 18,

Bangladesh orders lockdown in Rohingya camps as COVID-19 cases jump

Bangladesh ordered a strict lockdown in five camps that are home to nearly 100,000 Rohingya refugees following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the world’s largest refugee settlement this week, government officials said on Friday.Nearly a million Rohingya refugees who fled persecution in