Amid a fresh surge in both infections and deaths from coronavirus in the country, there will be no outdoor programme to celebrate the Victory Day on December 16 this year.
Only indoor programmes might be allowed and for those, organisers must take permission from the authorities concerned and inform law enforcers beforehand, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday.“Organisers must seek permission from the local administration and maintain recommended health guidelines for indoor events to celebrate the Victory Day,” he said while speaking at a meeting at his ministry.
The minister said the entire world is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic. “Even through, people in Bangladesh have a tendency to take to the street during any occasion. We fear they’ll do so on the Victory Day and we’re taking measures to prevent that from happening," he said.
Senior Secretary of the Public Security Division Mostafa Kamal Uddin, Inspector General of Police Dr Benazir Ahmed, Liberation War Affairs Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh, Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Md Shafiqul Islam and representatives of different law enforcement agencies and ministries were present at the meeting.
Bangladesh has recently seen a spike in both the cases and deaths from corona following an erratic lull for over two months.
On Tuesday, the country registered 2,293 more infections and 31 new deaths, putting the tallies to 467,225 and 6,675 respectively.
It recorded 2,525 new cases on Monday, the highest daily tally in about three months.