A security personal (R) measures the body temperature of a garment worker at the entrance of a factory during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Dhaka on May 2, 2020. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

BANGLADESH government may extend the duration of ongoing shutdown till May 15 to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

“We have already sent a proposal to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her consideration. The public administration ministry will also send a summary in this regard to her tomorrow,” state minister for public administration Forhad Hossain said reporters on Saturday (2).

“We are hoping to issue a gazette notification regarding extension of the ongoing closure by tomorrow,” he added.

If approved, this would be fifth time the government extended shutdown after it first announced closure of all public and private offices from March 26.

Five people died of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said on Saturday (2).

The death toll now stands at 175, said Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director general (administration) of DGHS, during a briefing.

Five hundred and fifty-two people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

With this, the total number of infected has reached 8,790.

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