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Bangladesh extends coronavirus shutdown till April 25

No staying outside after 6pm, says a circular by the Ministry of Public Administration

Update : 10 Apr 2020, 02:06 PM

The government has extended the ongoing nationwide general holiday for seven more days till April 25, in order to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The Ministry of Public Administration issued a circular in this regard on Friday.

The government has also directed everyone to stay home after 6pm, according to the circular. 

Violation of this directive will result in legal action, it says. 

Movement between neighbourhoods and localities have also been restricted. 

Emergency services such as power, gas, water, internet, fire service, telephone and ambulance are exempted from the shutdown.

On March 26, the government first introduced a 10-day shutdown till April 4, which was later extended till April 11, and then again till April 14.

In the latest move, the government has declared a general holiday on April 15 and 16, followed by the weekend.

The general holiday is extended from April 19 to April 23, which means, with the weekend, it will continue till April 25.

As of Friday, Bangladesh has recorded 27 deaths amid 424 cases from Covid-19, a pandemic announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The fast spreading disease, which was first reported in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has claimed over 95,700 lives and infected more than 1,605,700 people across the world till date, according to Worldometers.

As many as 357,003 people have recovered from Covid-19, a disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus, which has spread to 210 countries and territories across the world and two international conveyances.

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