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Photo: Ahmed Salahuddin/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Bangladeshi government on Saturday announced plans to impose a seven-day national lockdown starting Monday as coronavirus cases surge in the country, Bloomberg reports.

Details: Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader made the announcement in an online press conference in Dhaka, saying the country hit a record-high on Friday, with more than 6,800 new cases reported for the day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  • The Bangladeshi Minister of State for Public Administration, Farhad Hossain, said new lockdown guidelines would soon be released, India's Tribune reports.
  • "Factories will remain open and workers can work shifts by following hygiene rules," The Tribune writes.

By the numbers: The country has reported a total of 630,277 cases and more than 9,200 deaths since the start of the pandemic, per Johns Hopkins.

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Nationals-Mets opening series postponed after positive COVID-19 tests

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Major League Baseball has postponed its opening series between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets to double down on testing and contact tracing for Nationals players, coaches and staff, the league announced Friday.

Why it matters: After three Nationals players tested positive for the coronavirus this week, MLB is taking precautions to prevent further delays.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.