Bangladesh has announced a stimulus package of 727 billion taka to help cushion the economic setback from the coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the announcement of the support package in a televised speech on Sunday in Dhaka, Xinhua reported.
In her speech, Hasina said COVID-19 escalation could cut the country’s economic growth.
To better manage the impact caused by the COVID-19, she said the government will extend such funds in future.
According to the Prime Minister, the country’s remittance income, capital market and low-income groups already felt the pinch of COVID-19.
Low-cost loans for businesses including small and medium enterprises will be made available, she added.
Bangladesh on Saturday extended the ongoing shutdown of public transport to April 11 to manage the spread of the virus.
Bangladesh had earlier declared a 10-day public transport shutdown effective from March 26 to April 4.
The country has reported a total of 70 coronavirus cases, with nine deaths.