In the wake of the global outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has deferred her two-day Japan tour.
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said on Tuesday that the prime minister, who was scheduled to travel to Japan on March 30, has put her travel plan on hold as the novel coronavirus cases have spread there too.
Hasina was scheduled to leave for Japan on March 30 on a two-day official visit.
“We will visit Japan later and they (Japan) have agreed to the deferred plan,” Bdnews24.com quoted Momen as saying.
Earlier this week, Bangladesh postponed the March 17 grand inaugural ceremony of the birth centenary celebrations of its founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman after three coronavirus cases were detected in the country.
Two persons brought the disease from Italy, infecting the third one on their return home, officials said.
The infections, the first reported cases in the country, came four days after Dhaka restricted entry of the people from major coronavirus-prone countries without a virus-free medical certificate.