Staff Correspondent ;
Bangladesh has announced a 10-day holiday to begin from Thursday to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus that killed at least three people in the South Asian country, officials said on Monday.
The army troopers, to be mobilized from Tuesday, will also help the local administration to ensure social distancing so that the community-level infection could be averted as the coronavirus pandemic killed nearly 15,000 people worldwide.
Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said the troopers will also help arrange medical treatment of the patients and put the suspects into isolation in all 64 administrative districts.
All public and private offices will remain closed from Thursday until April 4, and the people were asked to stay at home during the holiday, he said according to a decision of a high-level meeting that devised the measured to contain novel coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina headed the meeting.
“None will go out of their homes excepting for collection of emergency supply and medicine during the holiday,” he said adding that emergency utility services, kitchen markets and pharmacy would be out of the purview of the decision.
Public transport will remain limited and people have been asked to avoid using them as well.
The announcement comes hours after the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) reported the third death from Covid-19 disease, which is caused the novel coronavirus, and six other infections.
The total number of coronavirus infected patient is 33 in Bangladesh, according to the IEDCR.
The virus, first appeared in China in December and now wrecking havoc in Europe and America, killed more than 15,300 and infected over 350,000 worldwide.
Bangladesh Bank will allow limited banking service during the time of closure, the official said.