আপডেট: মার্চ ২৩, ২০২০
Bangladesh has decided to shut all government and private offices and courts from March 26 to April 4 amid mounting fears of the coronavirus that has infected 33 people and killed three.
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam made the announcement on Monday.
The shutdown will not affect emergency services such as hospital and Fire Service and Civil Defence.
Public transport will operate on a limited scale during the holidays.
The secretary said the government decided to announce general holidays from Mar 29 to Apr 2.
Mar 26 is public holiday on account of the Independence Day and National Day while the next two days are Friday and Saturday – the weekend.
After the five-day general holidays, Apr 3 and 4 are weekend again.
It means the people will remain at home altogether for 10 days. Schools, colleges and all other educational institutions had already been shut until Mar 31.
Anwarul urged all not to come out of home during the holidays unless they must like purchase of food, grocery, medical treatment, or burial of the dead.
Essential work at the offices will be done online while the government offices that need to remain open will do so, he said.