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Coronavirus: Bangladesh deploys armed forces

  • Published at 01:04 pm March 24th, 2020
File photo of military personnel during patrol Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

As of Monday, Bangladesh confirmed three coronavirus deaths

Armed forces have been deployed in all 64 districts of Bangladesh, to help the administration in preventing coronavirus from spreading further.

The forces— which include army, navy, and air force — were deployed on Tuesday morning.

They will help the administration in every divisional and district town to ensure that people maintain social distance and for taking precautionary measures regarding the novel coronavirus.

The armed forces will take part in the initiative in line with the "Aid to the Civil Power" policy of the Defence Ministry.

The army will coordinate with the local administrations and evaluate the quarantine system for suspected Covid-19 patients and treatment of the confirmed patients.

The navy will assist the administrations of coastal districts, and the air force will help to transport medical equipment and handle emergency transports for all hospitals.

Earlier in the day, the government decided to suspend all public road transport from March 26 till April 4.

Road, Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader made the announcement in a video message.

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) also suspended all passenger launch services across the country till further notice over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, its Director (Traffic) Md Rafiqul Islam Talukder confirmed to Dhaka Tribune.

Bangladesh Railway Authority also suspended all local, commuter, and mail train services across the country to control the spread of coronavirus, until further notice. 

Bangladesh Railway's Additional Director General for Operations Mia Jahan confirmed the matter.

Covid-19, a new strain of coronavirus, which was first reported in China’s Wuhan has killed at least 16,558 people across the world and infected 381,649 till date. 

At least 102,429 people have recovered from the virus which has spread to 195 countries.

As of Monday, Bangladesh confirmed three coronavirus deaths since the outbreak of the deadly pandemic in the country. The number of total infected now stands at 33.

On the same day, the Bangladesh government declared a 10-day shutdown, effective from March 26 to April 4, to battle the spread of the coronavirus.

Both the private and public sectors, except emergency services, would come to a temporary halt. 

Educational institutions will stay closed during this period but banks will remain open to facilitate the financial transaction for their clients.

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