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General holidays likely to be extended further
Published : Saturday, 2 May, 2020 at 4:13 PM, Count : 856

General holidays likely to be extended further

General holidays likely to be extended further

The ongoing general holidays likely to be extended further to combat the outbreak of lethal coronavirus. However, a decision on how long the holiday will be extended will be taken on Sunday.

The information was known on Saturday citing multiple government sources.

According to sources, the government is considering extending the public holidays by at least 7 days. However, the final decision will depend on the recommendations of the technical committee meeting of combating coronavirus situation tomorrow.

It is learned that the government has no plans to declare a holiday till Eid. The decision will be taken later considering the situation.

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said the leave may need to be extended again. The decision will be announced in a day or two if the Prime Minister gives instructions.

On March 23, the government declared general holidays from March 26 to April 4, aiming to protect people from being infected by the fast spreading virus as elsewhere in the world. Later, the holidays were extended five times until April 25 -– first from April 5 to April 9, then from April 10 to April 14, later from April 15 to April 16, then again from April 17 to April 25 and finally from April 25 to May 5.

However, a notification issued on April 25 also included a directive that all the ministries, divisions and their subordinate offices involved in providing emergency services will remain open on a limited scale during the extended general holidays.

On the same day, the Public Administration Ministry said government offices at division, district and Upazila levels under 18 ministries and divisions will remain open on a limited scale.

Earlier, the government closed all the educational institutions apart from shutting down the rail, road, river and air communications to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.

Amid high risk of coronavirus transmission, some garment factories reopened on April 26 and factory owners claim they are operating garment factories with the workers available in Dhaka on a limited scale maintaining hygiene issues. The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 212 countries and territories around the world. Bangladesh has so far confirmed 175 deaths and 8,790 coronavirus cases.

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