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Public transports to ply with half the seats vacant

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 08:13 PM, 6 January 2022   Updated: 08:13 PM, 6 January 2022

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It has been decided to ply the public transports by leaving half the seats vacant to tackle the Omicron, a new variant of Covid-19. However, no fare can be increased in this case.

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told reporters at the Secretariat in the capital on Thursday after a special Cabinet meeting on tackling the Omicron variant.

The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister from Ganabhaban and Ministers and State Ministers from the Cabinet Division at the Secretariat in the capital.

The Cabinet Secretary said one cannot come to the educational institution without a single dose of the COVID vaccine. The government is thinking of making “vaccine certificate compulsory” for launches and trains. Besides, movement outside the house without masks will be stopped. People cannot get in trains and planes without two doses of the COVID vaccine. At the same time, without vaccine jabs, people cannot enter restaurants and shopping malls. 

He said the age limit for giving booster doses would be reduced from 60. Frontliners will all get a booster dose soon.

The Cabinet Secretary said when will these be implemented will be discussed in consultation with the technical committee – that will be informed in a day or two.