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    Coronavirus: BNP postpones countywide demo

    Desk | 10 March 2020 | 8:07 pm

    Coronavirus: BNP postpones countywide demo

    BNP has announced postponement of its countrywide demonstration, originally scheduled on Wednesday, that seeks party chief Khaleda Zia’s release.

    The decision came two days after Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus cases. Health experts have advised against unnecessary mass gatherings to prevent the spread of the virus.

    Confirming the decision, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir urged the party’s leaders and activists to stand by the people of the country.

    Earlier on Saturday, the party announced to stage countrywide demonstrations demanding the release of Khaleda Zia.

    Khaleda Zia has been in jail since Feb 8, 2018 after being convicted in a corruption case. She was jailed in a separate corruption case later that year.

    Mirza Fakhrul also urged the government to shut down schools and colleges for two weeks in order to avoid further spreading of coronavirus in the country.

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