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COVID-19: Independence Day lockdown

It’s Independence Day in Bangladesh. But instead of the usual March 26 celebrations, the government is stepping up measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. It has declared a national holiday which begins today and will last until Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Over the 10-day period, public and private businesses are to be closed and everyone has been asked to stay home. Schools will remain closed until Tuesday, April 14. The army has also been deployed to ensure that the measures implemented by the government are being followed.

Many blue-collar workers have however left the capital to travel to their home towns. This is worrying because if one person is infected then the virus could continue to spread even further in the country.

All travel needs to stop and the quarantine orders of the government must be followed in order to limit the spread of the virus. There are 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bangladesh as of March 26. Eleven of those who contracted the virus have recovered and five have died.

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About: Monica Islam: I am just a writer-journalist waiting for a major brea-through. I identify as a global citizen, but by birth, I am Bangladeshi – if this makes it any easier for you to talk to me. I read almost anything and everything. My interests are in the areas of health, education, sustainable development, and the leisure industry.

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