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Bangladesh extends general holiday till May 5 as coronavirus deaths, cases rise

The countrywide soft shutdown is now set to cross the one-month mark next week

Update : 22 Apr 2020, 04:31 PM

The government has decided to extend the ongoing general holiday -- and the virtual lockdown -- across Bangladesh till May 5, and issue with additional directives, to curb the spread of novel coronavirus.

Sheikh Yusuf Harun, secretary at Public Administration Ministry, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday afternoon.

“A circular will be issued in this regard later in the evening,” he said.

To ensure social distancing amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the government had declared general holiday on March 26 for 10 days. 

Later, that was gradually extended till April 25 as the country kept seeing a rise in the number of cases and deaths from Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

With the latest government decision to extend the holiday again, the countrywide soft shutdown -- restricting movement of people, suspending all types of public transports and closing all businesses -- is now set to cross the one-month mark next week.

As of Wednesday, Bangladesh confirmed 3,772 Covid-19 cases and 120 deaths.

The fast spreading deadly disease has so far killed more than 178,600 people around the world, including those in Bangladesh.

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