DHAKA, Bangladesh 

Seven villages in eastern Bangladesh were put under complete lockdown on Sunday amid fears of a possible outbreak of the novel coronavirus after a large funeral gathering for a popular Muslim cleric.

“We’ve strictly ordered all residents of the seven villages to stay at home at all times at least for the next 14 days so we can identify if anyone contracted the virus following Saturday’s gathering,” Abu Sayed, Assistant Superintendent of Police in Brahmanbaria district, told Anadolu Agency.

Tens of thousands of people defied government restrictions on Saturday to attend the funeral prayer of a religious leader

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