Desk | 16 March 2020 | 11:15 pm
The owners of all cinema halls across the country have decided to halt displaying movies from March 18 to April 2 in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The decision came today after a meeting of Bangladesh Film Exhibitors’ Association at the Film Development Corporation or FDC. Mia Alauddin, adviser to the association, confirmed the news.
The death toll from coronavirus or COVID-19 reached 6,518 globally as of Monday. It has so far infected 169,719 people around the world, according to worldometer.
COVID-19 is affecting 157 countries and territories around the world and one international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured in Yokohama, Japan).
The World Health Organization on March 11 declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic but added that it’s not too late for countries to act.
Bangladesh has so far reported eight cases. Four of these patients had come from coronavirus infected countries in Europe. On Sunday, the government announced that the first three patients had been discharged.