Dhaka – Authorities have launched a campaign to discourage tourists from visiting two major seaside sites in the south-eastern Bangladesh after the first coronavirus death was reported, officials said on Wednesday.
Tourists from home and abroad are asked not to crowd at sea beach in Cox’s Bazar district, said Kamal Hossain, chief administrator of the southeastern district.
Hotel owners were also asked to discourage the tourists at the time of global pandemic, Hossain said adding that the sea beach witnessed a surge in visitors after the government shut schools across the country on Tuesday.
The shutdown was planned to keep the students at home to remain safe.
More than 6.5 million tourists – domestic and overseas – frequent the natural sandy beach with an unbroken length of nearly 120 kilometers on the bank of Bay of Bengal, according to the tour operators.
Crowd at Patenga, the other major sea beach of the country located in the southern port city of Chattogram, was also prohibited for indefinite period, said Mahbubur Rahman, the chief of city police.
“We have initiated the move to prevent spread of the deadly virus among the city dwellers,” Rahman added.
Bangladesh on Wednesday announced the first death from coronavirus infection. A total of 14 people have contacted the virus in the South Asian country.