Senior 27 cricketers of Bangladesh have donated 50 percent of their salary for one month in a bid to help government fight against deadly coronavirus.
All of 17 players who are in the central contact donated 50 percent of their salary, and other 10 players, who were part of the national team during the last three years, also joined them.
Players have given a joint statement about their donation in the social media.
Meanwhile, The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) has confirmed that one more person has died of coronavirus (Covid-19) infection in Bangladesh, taking the number of deaths from the disease in the country to five. As of Wednesday (Mar 25), the number of total infected people in Bangladesh stand at 39. Of them, seven persons recovered.
Earlier on Tuesday, the government suspended domestic flights, public road transport, launch vessels, and trains amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, Bangladesh government declared a 10-day shutdown, effective from Mar 26 to Apr 4, to battle the spread of the coronavirus.
Both the private and public sectors, except emergency services, would come to a temporary halt.
Educational institutions will stay closed during this period but banks will remain open to facilitate the financial transaction for their clients.
At the same time, Bangladesh’s armed forces were deployed to assist the administration in every divisional and district town to ensure that people maintain social distance and are taking precautionary measures to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading further.
A new strain of coronavirus (Covid-19), which was first reported in China’s Wuhan has killed at least 16,558 people across the world and infected 381,649 till date.
At least 102,429 people have recovered from the virus which has spread to 195 countries.