Dhaka wears deserted look as 10-day holiday begins

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:03, Mar 26,2020 | Updated: 16:07, Mar 26,2020


The busy business hub at Motijheel in Dhaka remains empty as a 10-day government holiday begins on Thursday to maintain social distance to check coronavirus spread. -- Indrajit Kumer Ghosh

The capital city of Dhaka has worn a deserted look amid the growing concern of the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier on Monday, the government declared a 10-day general holiday and a large number of city dwellers left the city. Only the police and army personnel are seen patrolling around.

A few people went to the kitchen markets, food shops, pharmacies, hospitals as all these emergency services have been kept out of the purview of the general holidays.

The fear of COVID-19 and the holiday prompted many Dhaka dwellers to leave the capital city ahead of suspension of the public transport services suspension.

People are staying homes as members of the armed forces started their fieldwork in the capital and elsewhere in the country on Wednesday morning to help the civil administration ensure that people maintain social distancing and coronavirus suspects remain in quarantine to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Besides, the busiest place of the city Kamalapur Railway Station, Sadarghat Launch Terminal and bus terminals were also seen empty.

However, lorries, covered vans and other vehicles are carrying fuel, emergency services and perishable goods as those were kept out of the purview of the transport lockdown.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday termed the fight against coronavirus a ‘war’ and urged people to stay at their homes to discharge their responsibilities at critical time.

The death toll from the coronavirus or COVID-19 crossed 21,000 globally as of Thursday.

It has so far infected 471,053 people around the world, according to worldometer.

Bangladesh has so far reported five deaths from the coronavirus.

Besides, 39 patients are currently under treatment in the country.

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