Bangladesh confirmed 17,822 coronavirus cases and 269 deaths until Wednesday.
The government is extending the ongoing general holidays until May 30 to curb the transmission of coronavirus as it continues to claim more lives and infect a larger number of people every day across Bangladesh.
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, he said.
“Strict restrictions will be imposed on transportation,” Hossain said adding that no vehicle will be allowed to run on roads four days before Eid-ul-Fitr and two days after it, except emergency services.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases is increasing at an alarming rate. Courtesy: IEDCR
On March 23, the government declared general holidays from March 26 to April 4 to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Later, the holidays were extended five times to May 5. A notification on April 25 included 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.
On the same day, the Public Administration Ministry said government offices at division, district and upazila levels under 18 ministries and divisions will remain open on a limited scale.
The government closed all educational institutions and shut down rail, road, river and air communications to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.