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Coronavirus: Bangladesh declares public holiday, asks people to stay locked

People have been asked not to leave their homes, except to collect emergency supplies and daily essentials

Tuesday March 24, 2020 10:32 AM, IANS

Bangaldesh Corona Public Holiday

Dhaka: Due to the increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country, the Bangladeshi government has declared a public holiday from March 26 to April 4, while the army will be deployed to assist authorities in the fight against the pandemic.

Bangladeshi Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam made the announcement at a press conference in Dhaka on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.

"Army would be deployed to assist local administration as all the government and the private offices in the country will be closed from March 26 to April 4."

Emergency services will not be affected

He said the shutdown will not affect emergency services such as law enforcement agencies and hospitals.

"Public transport will operate on a limited scale but markets will stay open as usual", Islam said.

People have been asked not to leave their homes, except to collect emergency supplies and daily essentials.

The citizens have also been asked to practice social distancing.

Banking services limited

Regarding banking, Islam said services have been limited and the central Bangladesh Bank will give necessary directives.

Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, said a monitoring cell at Prime Minister's Office will open for 24 hours.

Public transport will remain limited and people have been asked to avoid using those as well to fight against COVID-19.

The decisions were taken after Bangladesh health authorities on Monday March 23 reported another COVID-19 death, taking the country's death toll to three, while te number of infections rose to 33.

According to the director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), of infected persons, three are male and rest female. Of total patients, five recovered and were discharged.

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