COVID-19 Prevention

UN urges Bangladesh to take urgent steps

Diplomatic Correspondent

30 March, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The United Nations has called upon Bangladesh to take urgent preventive measures to halt rapid spread of the coronavirus.

“The virus can spread rapidly if preventative measures are not taken quickly.  We therefore urge everyone to comply with the measures,” the United Nations in Bangladesh said in a statement on Saturday night. 

It said the United Nations in Bangladesh and concerned government counterparts with participation of a number of civil society partners and other actors have jointly prepared the Country Preparedness and Response Plan to combat the novel coronavirus.  

In line with the WHO global guidance, the UN said the purpose of the document is to mobilize the United Nations agencies and partners in support of the Government’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government of Bangladesh, in partnership with the United Nations, civil society and the private sector, has rapidly operationalized many interventions including enforced quarantine and isolation; intensified risk communication; social distancing; social protection; and the closure of schools and public spaces, read the statement.

It said the globally accepted modeling techniques guiding this document use an assumption of no interventions to stem to spread of the virus in order to portray the possible magnitude of the outbreak.

“The United Nations is fully supportive of the measures the Government of Bangladesh has been taking to slow the spread of COVID-19.” “The virus can spread rapidly if preventative measures are not put in place quickly.  We therefore urge everyone to comply with these measures,” the UN said. 

“This will allow extra time for the Government and its partners, including the United Nations agencies, civil society and the private sector, to strengthen medical capacity across the country and support the Government of Bangladesh in suppressing the pandemic,” added the statement.


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