B’desh bus services resume after more than 2 months

Road transport services, including buses and minibuses, resumed across Bangladesh on Monday after being suspended for more than two months in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mosharref Hossain, general manager of Hanif Paribahan, said they began their operations across the country today.

They are charging 60 per cent more than the previous bus fare as per the government circular, Hossain told The Daily Star newspaper.

“The presence of passengers is very thin,” he added.

The government suspended operations of all public transport from March 26.

On May 28, the government announced to resume operations of public transport on a limited scale, maintaining all health safety guidelines.

The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh has climbed to 650 after 40 new fatalities, the most in a single day, were registered in a daily count.

Another 2,545 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, raising the count to 47,153, according to the health directorate.