DHAKA, Bangladesh 

Bangladesh on Monday decided to deploy troops across the country as part of its measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, an official said.

“Army personnel will remain on the field to help the civil administrations to ensure social distancing and bolster the coronavirus preventive measures,” Cabinet Secretary Khandakar Anwarul Islam said at a news conference in the capital Dhaka on Monday evening.

The army will be deployed from Tuesday, Islam added.

Bangladeshi authorities have confirmed three deaths from the coronavirus with 33 cases since the outbreak.

The government has also announced 10-day holiday starting on

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