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Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2021 to be held virtually

Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2021 to be held virtually

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The next Amar Ekushey Granthomela (Book fair) will be organised virtually to prevent the transmission of coronavirus as the country prepares to tackle a possible second wave of Covid-19.

Book fair committee's member secretary Dr Jalal Ahmed said the traditional fair, organised every year by the Bangla Academy in February, would not be held at the Academy premises next year, local media reported.

Many events have been called off or held virtually this year amid the coronavirus pandemic which struck the country in March this year.

The government has been repeatedly urging the people to follow health guidelines and avoid mass gatherings.

Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus cases on Mar 8 and the first death on Mar 18.

The country has so far recorded 487,849 cases with 6,986 fatalities with a mortality rate of 1.43 percent.