Govt declares 12, 13 Apr general holidays

People heading to Dhaka crowd on a ferry at Shimulia Ferry Ghat in Munshiganj on 4 April amid coronavirus outbreak.Dipu Malakar

The government on Sunday declared 12 and 13 April as general holidays, aiming to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The public administration ministry issued a notification in this regard on Sunday.

Besides, 14 April, the first day of Bangla New Year, will be added with the holidays, it said.

On 23 March, the government declared general holidays from 26 March to 4 April, aiming to prevent the transmission of deadly coronavirus and then extended the holidays until 9 April.

But kitchen markets, food shops, pharmacies, hospitals and all emergency services will remain out of the purview of the general holidays.

Another person died from coronavirus and 18 more people tested positive for the virus during the last 24 hours, said health minister Zahid Maleque on Sunday.

“Death toll from the virus infection is now nine. Eighteen more people were tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24hours, raising the number of cases to 88,” he said in an online briefing.