WORLD Bangladesh bans travelers' entry from India; Jordan suspends flights from India

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Bangladesh bans travelers' entry from India; Jordan suspends flights from India

CGTN

15:17, April 26, 2021

A health worker checks a passenger's temperature and pulse at a railway station platform amid the spread of COVID-19 in Mumbai, India, April 7, 2021. (Photo from CGTN)

Bangladesh has imposed a ban on the entry of travelers from India via land ports amid its second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bangladesh's Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen announced the COVID-19 border restriction on Sunday.

The ban applies to personnel travel from India to Bangladesh and will last 14 days from Monday, but trade between the two countries will continue as usual, said the minister,

Air travel between the two countries was suspended from April 14 following a surge in coronavirus infections in India.

Bangladesh reported 2,922 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 101 new deaths from the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, bringing its total tally to 745,322 with 11,053 deaths.

Official data showed that 21,922 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.

The total number of recovered patients in the country rose to 657,452 with 4,301 new recoveries reported on Sunday, said Bangladesh's Directorate General of Health Services.

According to the official data, the COVID-19 fatality rate in Bangladesh is currently 1.48 percent and recovery rate is 88.21 percent.

Jordan suspends flights from India

Jordan also declared on Sunday to ban flights from India after the South Asian country witnessed a steep rise in COVID-19 cases and registered a "double mutant" variant of the virus.

The flight ban will last 14 days starting Sunday, according to the country's Transport Minister Wajih Azaizeh.

"We made the decision after the double mutant variant of coronavirus appeared in India and we do not want any infections to occur in Jordan," Azaizeh was quoted as saying by the state-owned Al Mamlaka TV station.

"The report about a new double mutant variant of COVID-19 in India makes it necessary for us to take precautionary measures to keep the epidemiological situation stable" in Jordan, he added.

As of Monday, Jordan has reported 702,154 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 8,615 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

(With input from Xinhua)

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