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All cinema halls closed from Mar 18 to Apr 2

Owners join the effort to prevent spread of coronavirus in Bangladesh

Update : 16 Mar 2020, 07:04 PM

Cinema halls all around Bangladesh are going into lockdown mode from March 18 to April 2, in an effort to limit the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Bangladesh Film Producers-Distributors Association President Khorshed Alam Khosru confirmed the association’s decision while talking to UNB on Monday.

“As the virus passes from human to human in close proximity, people inside crowded cinema halls are at a higher risk to be infected. That’s why we decided not to continue the shows in any of the halls, including the cineplexes, from March 18 to April 2,” Khosru said.

If the crisis continues, the longevity of the decision can get extended until the situation gets normal, he further added.

So far, Bangladesh has detected eight people infected with Covid-19, most of whom returned home from abroad recently. Three of them, however, have made full recovery, according to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

More than 2,000 people are also in isolation at different hospitals in eight divisions of the country.

The decision to shut the cinema halls came hours after the government on Monday declared that all educational institutions across the country will remain closed from March 18 to 31, in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Since the outbreak started in China’s Wuhan city in late December last year, the new coronavirus strain has infected more than 179,500 people and killed over 7,000 people in 162 countries and territories.

However, at the same time, nearly 77,800 people have also made full recovery in different countries.

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