Dhaka, Bangladesh
Holiday may be extended till mid-April

Holiday may be extended till mid-April

News Report The general holiday underway for ‘social distancing’ to contain corona spread may be extended till mid-April with Shab-e-Barat, Easter Sunday and Pohela Baishakh holidays added up. Several highly placed sources indicated such extended shutdown for the exigency of the Covid-19 pandemic. Health Minister Zahid Malique said: “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will take the decision regarding the holiday extension—it has not been settled yet. “We will propose to extend the public holiday for solidifying the preventive measures taken in the country,” said Asadul Islam, secretary of the heath services division. “A general holiday like this is an effective method of ensuring social distancing and reducing mass gatherings,” he added. An official of the Cabinet Division said a decision about the holiday extension is likely be taken Tuesday. “Whether the holiday will be extended for ten days or seven days will be decided depending on the assessment reports provided by deputy commissioners,” he told The News Today on condition of anonymity. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during videoconferencing with district and divisional administrations Tuesday, opined for extension of the shutdown with some relaxation in communications. Shab-e-Barat and Pohela Baishakh are two major occasions from religious and cultural perspectives in Bangladesh, involving mass gatherings across the country. Bangladesh is observing a 10-day public holiday, which started on March 26 and will continue till April 4, for ensuring social distancing to combat the coronavirus. The general holiday now in place might be extended by ten more days considering the global situation arising out of the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken a tall toll of 38 thousand dead and 8 lakh infected so far.

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