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Bangladesh makes face masks mandatory again

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The government has made it mandatory for citizens to wear masks again amid a rise in the number of coronavirus infections.

In a set of instructions on Tuesday, the Cabinet Division ordered people to maintain physical distancing and follow the other health rules properly following recommendations by a national committee of experts, reports

Government high-ups noticed that the number of Covid-19 cases is rising of late with considerable negligence among people to follow the preventive health protocols, the Cabinet Division said.

It urged the media to publish content to inspire people to follow the health protocols.

Offices will need to reinstate the "No Mask, No Services" rule in line with the instructions.

Besides wearing a mask, people should also avoid social gatherings as much as possible.

Physical distancing must be maintained at places of worship. In mosques, imams will raise awareness about the rules in their sermons.

The government urged people with Covid-19 symptoms to get the tests.

At stores, shopping malls, markets, hotels and restaurants, people will face legal action for violating the mask rule.

Bangladesh registered 2,087 cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours to 8:00 am on Tuesday, taking the overall tally of infections to 1,969,361. Another three fatalities were registered in the daily count, taking the death toll from the disease to 29,145.

As many as 13,489 samples were tested across the country, for a positivity rate of 15.47 per cent.

The case positivity rate dropped below 1 per cent following a wave of cases driven by the highly infectious omicron variant of the coronavirus. The daily count of cases fell below 10 while no deaths were reported for 20 days in a row.

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