PV Desk : With a nationwide shutdown of the transport system after announcement on general holidays in desperate efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Bangladesh has apparently locked down its 160 million people.

The virus that causes the illness COVID-19 has hit 169 countries, infecting over 400,000 people and killing more than 18,000 until early Wednesday.

Bangladesh has 39 known cases with four confirmed deaths.

Considering that the effects of an outbreak in the densely populated country will be catastrophic, the government had earlier imposed restrictions on gatherings and closed educational institutions.