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D H A K A T U E S D AY A P R I L 1 4 , 2 0 2 0SHABAN19, 1441 HIJRIREGD. NO. DA 781VOL. XXX NO. 91BAISHAKH1, 1427 BS12 PAGESPLUSLIFESTYLEPRICE: TK12.00182New cases in 24hrs803Total cases42Recovery39Death116,052Deaths1,870,076Total casesBANGLADESHUPDATEGLOBALUPDATEThe Daily Star offices willremain closed today onthe occasion of PahelaBaishakh. Therefore, thenewspaper will not comeout tomorrow.HOLIDAY NOTICEPHOTO:ANISUR RAHMANWorkers of Tex Tailor Export (BD) Ltd blocked Airport Road in the capitaldemanding three months’ arrears and the running month’s salary.Inset,theworkers holding placards and gathering together with their demands, ignoringsocial distancing, which is crucial in the fight against coronavirus.STORY ON B1CPD for morecash aid forthe poorThe Centre for PolicyDialogue (CPD) yesterdayurged the governmentto provide some 1.9 crorepoor households Tk 2,000in cash every week for twomonths, a move that wouldhave a multiplier effect ofTk 186,573 crore on theeconomy.The exercise would set thegovernment back by lessthan Tk 30,000 crore, but itsmultiplier effect would bemore than six times.The cash transfer will bean indirect stimulus for thelarge businesses involvedin the supply of essentialcommodities as domesticdemand for their productswill be generated, saidFahmida Khatun, executivedirector of CPD, at a virtualmedia briefing yesterday.No festivitiesbut resolveto defeat illsSix peopledie showingsymptomsSTARREPORTSix people died withcoronavirus-like symptomsin five districts sinceSunday afternoon.Health officers havecollected samples ofthose who died of flu-likesymptoms to test whetherthey were infected with thevirus.After their deaths,local administrationslocked down their housesand adjoining buildingsto prevent the risk ofspreading the virus.Our Correspondentsfrom different districtsreported on the deaths andthe subsequent situationsafter talking to localgovernment officials of therespective districts.In Madaripur, a 60-year-old farmer died at RajorUpazila Health Complexaround 1:00pm on Sunday.He had been suffering fromfever, cold and respiratoryproblems.In Narayanganj, a70-year-old man died at thecity’s Nandipara area onSunday, after suffering fromSEE PAGE 2 COL 6Trackingsource bigchallengeMOHAMMADAL-MASUMMOLLAThe government’s diseasecontrol agency, IEDCR, hasbeen able to track downthe patient zero in a clusterbut failed to identify howhe or she got infected withcoronavirus in the first place.A number of clustershave been identified indifferent districts, eachwith three to 30 patients,according to the Instituteof Epidemiology, DiseaseControl and Research(IEDCR).“We identified theclusters and how the virusspread at the communitylevel but could not identifyhow the first person of acluster got infected. It isworrisome for us,” Prof DrMeerjady Sabrina Flora,director of IEDCR, told TheDaily Star yesterday.

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