Bangladesh lockdown 5.0: Extended to 16 May 2020 to intensify the anti-COVID-19 campaign

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A medical technician is collecting sample from a minor boy while another looks on from inside a booth. Photo: UNB

Enamul Hafiz Latifee reports,

The government on 04 May 2020 extended the nationwide shutdown for 11 more days until 16 May to intensify the anti-COVID-19 campaign as the virus continued to infect an increased number of people and claim lives.

“Considering the overall situation . . . the government has decided to extend the general holiday,” a Public Administration Ministry statement said simultaneously issuing an 11-point directive for stricter enforcement of measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 infections.

 

According to the statement after the expiry of the ongoing shutdown on 05 May, the general holiday would be extended up to 16 May which would include as well the routine weekends and a public holiday on the occasion of the Buddha Purnima.

But the statement reminded all that the shutdown must not be treated as normal time public or general holidays and asked everyone including government employees must comply with movement restrictions alongside directives for physical and social distancing.

 

This is the 5th time the government extended the vacation after it first announced makeshift closure of public and private offices and non-essential business from 26 March to 04 April.

 

Meanwhile, Bangladesh registered 5 more deaths, 688 new positive cases, crosses 10,000 mark on 04 May 2020.

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