Bangladesh plans to extend shutdown of offices

  • Staff Correspondent,
    Published: 2020-03-31 11:41:56 BdST

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has signalled that the shutdown of offices and workplaces may be extended to Apr 9 amid coronavirus fears.

Hasina made the remark while handing out instructions on the prevention of the novel coronavirus outbreak to field-level officers across Bangladesh through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganabhaban on Tuesday.

“We had declared a 10-day holiday. But it might be extended by a few more days,” Hasina said. 

Bangladesh announced the closure of all government and private offices and courts from Mar 26 to Apr 4 amid mounting fears over a coronavirus outbreak.

However, the government said the shutdown would not affect emergency services such as hospitals and the fire service.

Public transport would also operate on a limited scale during the holidays, it added.