Amid growing concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus, shop owners yesterday announced that they will keep all markets and shopping malls across the country shut for a week from Wednesday (Mar 25).
The decisions came as the country yesterday recorded three more Covid-19 cases, taking the total number to 27. So far two persons have died from the virus.
Bangladesh Shop Owners' Association said they decided to shut markets and shopping malls as the number of customers dropped sharply amid coronavirus scare.
However, the decision will not be applicable to kitchen markets, grocers' shops and medicine stores. Those will remain open as usual.
Meanwhile, the government has postponed HSC examinations and suspended entry of all foreign nationals through 11 land ports from India for an indefinite period as part of measures to contain the spread of the virus.