Bangladesh to reopen schools as COVID-19 situation improves

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Students take an exam at a center in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 14, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday that educational institutions will reopen at the end of February as the COVID-19 situation is expected to improve in the country.

Speaking virtually at a function at the International Mother Language Institute, Hasina said students were deprived of enjoying classroom learning and the company of friends, although online education was offered during the pandemic.

She said her government has taken measures to bring people of all levels and stages under the vaccination coverage to rein in the pandemic situation.

"We're expecting that the situation will change [improve] by the end of this month and then we can reopen educational institutions," she said.

On Feb. 3, the Bangladeshi government announced that school closure will be extended till Feb. 20 in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier, the Bangladeshi Cabinet Division said schools, colleges and equivalent educational institutions will remain closed until Feb. 6.

Since March 2020, the virus has spread to every Bangladeshi district, and the total number of cases has risen to 1,909,664 with 4,838 new infections on Sunday.

The country also reported 28 new deaths, taking the death toll to 28,819.

The Bangladeshi authorities have already launched booster shots and started imposing stringent rules to combat the fresh spike in COVID-19 infections as well as the Omicron variant.

Also, the Bangladeshi government has recently started a special campaign to bring "marginal people" under vaccination, which allows people to get vaccinated without registration at mobile vaccination clinics.

Bangladesh on Jan. 25 confirmed 16,033 new COVID-19 cases, nearing the country's all-time record last year.

Bangladesh recorded the highest daily new cases of 16,230 on July 28, 2021 and the highest number of 264 deaths twice on Aug. 5 and Aug. 10, last year.

According to figures published by the Directorate General of Health Services, the country's current positivity rate reached 14.85 percent Sunday, from over 32.4 percent on Jan. 25.

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