Bangladesh to reopen shopping centres amid virus shutdown May 05, 2020 0 107 12345 DPADhakaAmid a nationwide shutdown, Bangladesh has decided to reopen shopping centres from the weekend to allow people to buy goods ahead of the Muslim Eid-al-Fitr festival, the government said on Monday.The shopping centres will be allowed to open for six hours every day starting from Sunday, according to an order issued hours after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina permitted the reopenings ahead of Eid, which is likely to be celebrated on May 23.“But the shopping malls will have to follow the health guidelines,” according to the order. It asks owners to make hand-washing equipment available at entrances before they open again.The order also stressed that nationwide restrictions on transport remain in force.Earlier in the day, the government extended the country’s shutdown until May 16, as cases of the novel coronavirus surpassed 10,000, with health officials reporting 688 new infections on Monday.The death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 182 since the virus was detected in early March, Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana said.The South Asian country originally closed schools and non-essential offices in the public and private sectors and restricted public transport on March 26 to stem the spread of the virus. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Coronavirus cases pass 145,000 in new European blackspot Russia May 05, 2020 0 414 Japan extends pandemic state of emergency until May 31 May 05, 2020 0 484 Train fares for regional migrants in India spark political furore May 05, 2020 0 105 China defends virus record, accuses US of ‘groundless’ distraction DPA Berlin Chinese state media hit back at the US on Monday, accusing President Donald Trump’s administration of trying to distract from its own “incompetence” with allegations about the spread of the novel .. Trans-Tasman travel on the agenda for NZ and Australian PMs meeting DPA Wellington The possibility of making it easier to travel between their two countries will be on the agenda as New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern joins Australia’s national cabinet meeting on Tuesday. At a .. China province launches anti-racism push after outrage AFP Beijing China’s southern Guangdong province has launched a raft of anti-discrimination policies targeting businesses and venues after a heavy-handed crackdown on the African community sparked international .. Malaysians cautiously embrace partial lifting of COVID-19 lockdown DPA Kuala Lumpur After seven weeks of being told by authorities to “dudak rumah,” or stay at home, Malaysians tentatively resumed some aspects of pre-coronavirus life on Monday. Some businesses reopened and .. Vietnam fisheries reject Chinese fishing ban in disputed waters DPA Hanoi A Vietnamese professional fishing association on Monday rejected a recent Chinese fishing ban imposed on disputed waters in the South China Sea. “The Vietnam Fisheries Society (VFS) strongly opposes China’s ..