A group of Bangladeshi school children brought back home from Darjeeling
The reopening of the country's borders with India will depend upon the situation regarding Covid-19, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday night.
Amidst steep surge in coronavirus infections in India, Bangladesh closed its borders with its first neighbour on April 26 for two weeks.
Momen also informed that a group of Bangladeshi children studying in schools in Darjeeling, West Bengal had been brought back home.
"In the beginning, we closed the borders with India till May 9. Now, we have extended the closure until May 16," he told this correspondent.
"We will continue to observe the situation in India. The reopening will entirely depend upon the situation regarding the infections," he added.
Bangladeshi school children stuck in Darjeeling
The government has made special arrangements to bring back a group of children home, said the foreign minister.
"The students were stuck in Darjeeling due to the pandemic. Their guardians have been asked to ensure their quarantine at home," he said.
"I don't have the exact number of students. But, it would be nearly 30," he added.
According to the sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, parents of about 100 school children asked for help from the ministry to bring them back home.
The schools in Darjeeling the students study have closed or will close due to the increase of Covid-19 cases, they said, adding that all the students would be brought back home in coming days.