Bangladesh likely to extend coronavirus shutdown till April 25

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The government holiday period is being extended again due to coronavirus. According to the government’s decision, the holiday period is being extended for another 11 days. As a result, the general holiday period will be extended to 25 April.

However, a notification has not yet been issued.

The soft shutdown was first imposed on March 26, to be held till April 4, to curb the spread of the deadly disease which has become a global pandemic. The holiday was later extended till April 11, and then again till April 14.

Now the government is considering declaring a general holiday on April 15-16, followed by two days of the weekend.

The government is likely to a declare general holiday from April 19 to April 23, which means with the weekly holidays, the general holiday will be extended till April 25.

“The prime minister [Sheikh Hasina] will make the final decision,” public administration secretary says.

When asked on whether the decision will come within a day or two, he said the prime minister had no meeting scheduled on Friday.

However, an official of the ministry, requesting not to be named, said the premier might announce the decision on April 13, when a cabinet meeting is scheduled.

As of April 10, a total of 424 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Bangladesh, with 27 deaths reported.