Since Covid-19 cases and deaths are rising in Bangladesh, the government has decided to extend the duration of the ongoing general holiday till May 30 to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Farhad Hossain, state minister for Public Administration, told UNB that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed to extend the holidays.
A gazette notification will be issued on Wednesday or Thursday in this regard, said Farhad.
Farhad also said, “Strict restrictions will be imposed on transportation and strictly be monitored during the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday. Besides, government employees cannot leave their respective stations”.
He added that no vehicle will be allowed to ply the roads four days before Eid and two days after it, except emergency services.
On March 23, the government declared a general holiday from March 26 to April 4 to curb the transmission of coronavirus.
Later, the shutdown was extended in six phases. A notification on April 25 included a directive that all the ministries, divisions, and their subordinate offices involved in providing emergency services will remain open on a limited scale during the extended general holidays.
Note that Bangladesh confirmed 17,822 coronavirus cases and 269 deaths until Wednesday.
Till now, the fast spreading coronavirus has claimed more than 294,414 lives and infected more than 4,374,914 people across the world, according to worldometer, reports Dhaka Tribune.