Dhaka – Bangladesh may witness yet another week of nationwide travel restrictions at the end of first spell of holiday ending Saturday in a bid to fight slow the spread of novel coronavirus.
The extended holiday, to be begun Sunday through Thursday with weekends Friday and Saturday, at all public and private offices will facilitate the residents stay indoors amid the global pandemic of Covid-19.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Tuesday hinted for the extended holiday at a meeting with ministers and senior officials in Dhaka and at the district headquarters through video conferencing from her official resident.
The disease caused by the novel coronavirus has infected more than 790,000 people of whom nearly 38,000 were dead since its outbreak first reported in China in December and spread in 192 other countries worldwide.
Bangladesh announced a 10-day general holiday from March 26, 18 days after first three cases of Covid-19 were detected on March 8. The virus killed five people in Bangladesh and infected a total of 49, according to the health ministry counts.
The Prime Minister exchanged views with officials over the latest situation passed her directions to help prevent spread of the virus. She also urged the people to cooperate the local administration in keeping them safe.
“We will have to take quarantine period into consideration so that this lethal virus can’t spread,” Hasina said referring to the travel of hundreds of thousands of people traveling to their ancestral homes after the first spell of restriction imposed.
She said some sectors should be made relaxed on limited basis to keep the economy moving. Essential and healthcare services will be remained operative as usual, the meeting was told.
All have been requested to stay-at-home during the holidays unless they have a good reason such as buying essentials – food and medical and health supports and grocery.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister warned of serious consequences if anyone found involved in corrupt practices during the difficult time, especially in distributing foods among the destitute.
“No corruption and irregularity will be tolerated. We will not spare anyone, whoever he or she might be, involved in doing so to be rich or wealthy capitalizing the hard times,” she warned.