Students apply hand sanitiser while attending a class at the Viqarunnisa Noon School & College in Dhaka. File / Reuters
The south Asian country reported 11,434 new cases on Friday, the biggest single-day jump since Aug.9, pushing the positivity rate to 28.5%.
"We are seeing an uptick in infections in schools and colleges. This is really alarming," Health Minister Zahid Maleque told reporters.
He added that public gatherings like political rallies and religious functions involving more than 100 people had been prohibited, although the duration of the ban was not immediately clear.
The healthcare system would be overwhelmed if the situation deteriorates further, Maleque said, adding more than a third of the hospital beds in the capital, Dhaka, have already been occupied by coronavirus patients.
Bangladesh has so far administered at least 151 million doses of vaccine since an inoculation drive began a year ago, with 47% of the population having had two shots.
Booster shots are administered to people over the age of 60 and healthcare and frontline workers.
The authorities have so far inoculated 2.89 million children aged 12-17 years.
Schools in Bangladesh reopened in September after one and half years, one of the world's longest coronavirus shutdowns.
Authorities hope the closure of schools will help break chains of infection amid fears about the rapid spread of the omicron variant of the virus.
It can take days to confirm the strain of a virus through genomic sequencing, and Bangladesh has so far confirmed 62 Omicron cases. Since the pandemic first swept into Bangladesh in March 2020, the country has recorded 1,664,616 cases, including 28,192 deaths.
Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced that exams scheduled for March are being delayed till May and June. The minister held a meeting with private school association representatives on reopening schools.
The NCOC late last month announced a new set of restrictions including a blanket ban on tourism and inter-provincial transport in an attempt to contain a further rise in already mounting coronavirus cases under the "Stay Home, Stay Safe” strategy.
Pakistani students will quarantine at their hostels. Pakistanis having valid residence, work visas also exempted from hotel quarantine. The rule is effective from Froday till Sept.1.
“Schools will remain open and the examinations will be held as per schedule.” Earlier, Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar urged the Pakistani people to get fully vaccinated in order to protect themselves from the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.
In a heroic scene, an Omani man rescued two children from certain death in the Sultanate of Oman on Friday, after they were swept away by violent surface run-off in a valley in Bahla.
Sheikh Sultan stressed the importance of teaching the Arabic language to students, and developing its teaching methods, and encouraging students to learn it.
The new station is equipped with fully automated fuel systems with auto tank gauging and electronic leak detection systems, which is in line with ENOC’s commitment to foster sustainability across the nation