Festival travel, vaccine shortage put Bangladesh at risk

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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Tens of thousands of people are leaving Bangladesh’s capital to join their families in home villages to celebrate the Islamic religious festival of Eid al-Fitr, despite stark warnings that the exodus could worsen the country’s sharply rising coronavirus outbreak. People crowded exit points in Dhaka, defying a nationwide lockdown in effect until Sunday and a suspension of long-distance passenger buses, trains and ferries. Health officials fear the chaotic mass travel will spread the coronavirus, especially a potentially more dangerous Indian variant already detected in the crowded nation of 160 million people, and reverse a recent hard-won decline in cases following weeks of nationwide lockdown.

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