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Covid-19: No outdoor Pohela Boishakh celebrations this year

Bangladesh on Wednesday posted the highest number of single-day cases — 7,626 — since the outbreak of the pandemic in March last year

Update : 07 Apr 2021, 11:07 PM

The government has urged everyone to celebrate the upcoming Bangla New Year virtually by avoiding public gatherings in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

“Against a background of the current Covid-19 situation and in line with instructions issued by the Cabinet Division, it is requested that events be organized on virtual platforms if possible, avoiding public gatherings,” said a notice issued by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs said on Wednesday.

Pohela Boishakh, the first day of the Bangla New Year, is usually celebrated amid festivities every year on April 14.

It may be recalled that the usual Bangla New Year programs had been cancelled to avoid mass gatherings last year as well.

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Bangladesh has been witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths for the last few days.

On Wednesday, the country recorded the highest number of cases in a single day (7,626) since the outbreak of the pandemic in March last year.

At the same time, 63 new deaths from Covid-19 were also recorded in the country – the third highest daily death count in Bangladesh.

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