Bangladesh begins week-long virus lockdown

A week-long nationwide lockdown began in Bangladesh on Monday, imposed to slow the spread of Covid-19, although many in the capital Dhaka defied the shutdown orders. Groups of small traders staged demonstrations in the centre of the capital on the first day of the lockdown, calling on the government to allow them to keep their businesses open as long as they followed health guidelines. “We can’t afford to keeping our business shut at this point; we need to survive as well,” said Shibly Kader, the owner of a clothing shop at Dhaka’s New Market, and one of several hundred demonstrators. Given th…

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