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Bangladesh extends closure of borders with India amidst surge in COVID cases linked to B.1.617.2 strain

However, the transportation of goods through the land borders would continue as earlier, the foreign ministry said.

May 31, 2021 / 07:41 AM IST
Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

Bangladesh extended the closure of land borders with India for 14 more days amidst a surge in the COVID-19 cases linked to the B.1.617.2 strain, first detected in India.

However, the transportation of goods through the land borders would continue as earlier, the foreign ministry said.

The land borders with India were first sealed on April 26 in view of the worsening coronavirus situation in the neighbouring country. On May 8, Bangladesh extended the travel ban for 14 more days, hours after it detected six cases of the B.1.617.2 variant of the coronavirus.

'We've extended it (the travel ban with India) for 14 more days and will evaluate the situation further,' a senior official of the foreign affairs ministry said on Sunday.