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Eid congregations will also face restrictions amid surging coronavirus cases and deaths.

Citizens have been asked to remain indoors, according to the notice issued on Thursday. People will be barred from leaving homes, except for emergency purposes, between 8pm and 6am.

Bangladesh registered 19 new fatalities from the coronavirus infection, the highest over a 24-hour period, raising the body count to 269 on Wednesday. The caseload soared to 17,822 after 1,162 people, in the steepest single-day jump, tested positive for COVID-19, according to government data.

On Thursday, the country confirmed 14 new fatalities from the coronavirus infection, raising the body count to 283. The caseload soared to 18,863 after 1,041 people tested positive for COVID-19.

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain had earlier said: “The government would put strict curbs on travels for seven days before and after the Eid festival.”

The travel restrictions will begin four days before Eid and continue for two days after the festival. No vehicles, including cars, will be allowed on the roads during the period.

“All must spend the Eid-ul-Fitr wherever they are,” Hossain said.

The citizens cannot leave own areas to celebrate Eid during the lockdown period, the government said in the statement.

“Road transport, water transport, rail communication and domestic flights will remain closed. Only vehicles of emergency services will be allowed to run,” it said.

Eid is expected to fall on May 25, subject to the sighting of the moon. Existing restrictions on prayers at mosques will be effective for Eid congregations too.

“Muslim devotees will have to avoid large congregations on open grounds. The religious affairs ministry will soon issue required instructions on Eid congregations,” the government said in the statement.

The shutdown of all offices, workplaces and public transport system has been in place since Mar 26 after the detection of the first coronavirus cases and fatalities in Bangladesh.

The government had extended it several times, but eased some curbs such as allowing factories to reopen. Some shopping malls have also resumed trading ahead of Eid.

All educational institutions have remained closed.