The government on Thursday ordered for keeping all bars in the capital shut until March 31 following detection of coronavirus cases in the country.
The Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) issued a letter signed by its Deputy Director (Admin) Mohammad Momin in this regard.
Authorities concerned are ordered to keep all hotel bars/restaurant bars/club cars closed until March 31 following the emerging situation due to the coronavirus outbreak, it said.
Further decision over the issue will be informed after considering the situation later, the letter said.
Bangladesh announced its first coronavirus death on Wednesday. Three more people tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, raising the total number of cases to 17 in the country.
On March 8, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) announced the detection of three Covid-19 patients in Bangladesh for the first time.
Three Supreme Court lawyers on Thursday appealed to the President and the Prime Minister for declaring a state of emergency in the country to prevent transmission of coronavirus.
The lawyers are Mohammad Shishir Monir, Asad Uddin and Jubaidur Rahman.
They submitted a letter to the offices of the President and the Prime Minister in this regard.
According to their letter, seven countries have already declared state of emergency due to coronavirus outbreak.
The people of the country could be protected from the upcoming disaster if a state of emergency is declared considering the situation, they said.
The High Court on Thursday directed the Civil Aviation Authority and Foreign Secretary to take necessary steps to hand over foreign-returnees to law enforcers to keep them in compulsory quarantine and ensure their health checkup to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
A HC bench of Justice Mojibur Rahman Miah and Justice Mohiuddin Shamim came up with the directives after primary hearing of a writ filed by Eunus Ali Akand on March 15.
The court instructed the Home Secretary and law enforcement agencies to take necessary measures for keeping all the overseas-returnees in compulsory 14-day quarantine.
Besides, it ordered the Public Administration Ministry to direct the deputy commissioners to make sure the foreign-returnees are kept in home quarantine.
The HC also asked the Health Secretary for taking measures for the medical checkup of the returnees and providing proper treatment to the coronavirus suspected patients.
Deputy Attorney General Nowrose MR Chowdhury represented the state.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has confirmed the detection of 17 coronavirus patients and one death.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Wednesday said the decision about suspending court activities will be taken after sitting with all the Supreme Court judges.
He came up with the information while talking to reporters after planting a tree on the SC premises, marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“We’re aware of the coronavirus and we all the judges will sit and take the decision about what to do. At present, the Supreme Court judges are enjoying a vacation which will end on March 28 and we’ll sit before the reopening of the court,” the Chief Justice said.
He, however, said they will have to ensure so that justice-seekers are not subjected to sufferings.
Replying to a query about the lower court, Mahmud Hossain said they will take the decision considering all aspects. “The suspension of court activities will invite sufferings for justice–seekers.”
Four members of banned militant group Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were sentenced to death on Sunday for killing a Hindu priest in Panchagarh in 2016.
The convicts are – Jahangir alias Rajib Gandhi, Rajibul Islam, Alamgir Hossain and Ramzan Ali.
Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Anup Kumar pronounced the verdict at 11am.
Among the convicts, Rajibul is on the run.
Jogeshwar Roy, 50, a Hindu priest, was hacked to death and Gopal Chandra Roy, 35, a devotee, was shot in an attack by miscreants in Debiganj upazila on February 21, 2016.