Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday stressed the need for strictly following three health guidelines including wearing of masks as coronavirus transmission is increasing in the country.
The premier came up with the remarks while addressing the regular cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat. The premier joined the meeting virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.“Wherever we are, vaccinated or not, we should follow three guidelines -- wearing of facemasks, maintaining the highest possible cautions and staying in a limited number in public gatherings,” Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam quoted the premier as saying at a briefing after the meeting.
In the meeting, the Prime Minister said, “We don’t think that we are in a comfortable zone. Yes, we are in a much better position.”
In the last few days, experts are suggesting not to be at ease at this moment as the country is experiencing a higher number of Covid-19 infections.
“So, it is not assured that whether Covid-19 infection would not peak again,” said the Prime Minister, adding, “Our peak was in the high summer although all of us expected it in winter. Forthcoming April, May and June will be our high summer and that is why our experts suggest we should concentrate on these months.”
She requested everybody to be careful from their respective positions regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
None is fully protected with a single shot of the vaccine, so all are advised to wear facemasks even after inoculation, she said.Replying to a query about the steps to encourage people to wear face masks, the cabinet secretary said they are observing the situations now and also carrying out different publicity campaigns.
Regarding the decline in vaccination number, he said the Ministry of Health and Directorate General of Health Services is working for mass inoculation.
Awareness campaigns have resumed in union and upazila levels to make the people aware to follow health protocols to contain the spread of coronavirus, he said.
The Cabinet Secretary also said the meeting also discussed the prices of essential commodities such as edible oil, sugar, date, ginger, onion, lentil and chickpea ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.
The Commerce Ministry informed the cabinet that there are sufficient stocks of essential commodities of Ramadan started from April 13 or 14.
“As Ramadan is approaching, some essentials are urgently needed during Ramadan - edible oil, sugar, lentil, date, onion and ginger. The commerce ministry informed the meeting that the country has sufficient stockpile of these essential commodities against the possible demand in the holy month,” he said.
The cabinet secretary said essential goods are being imported by the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) and those products would reach the country a long before Ramadan.
“So, there will be no supply shortage of essential commodities during Ramadan. We are now in a comfortable position,” he added.
The cabinet secretary said the meeting also cleared the draft of four bills– Kurigram Agricultural University Act, 2021, Bangladesh Shishu Hospital and Institute Act, 2021, the Public Debt Act, 2021, and the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2021.