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Govt issues directives on curbing Omicron

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  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Govt issues directives on curbing Omicron

Bangladesh has issued 15-point directives on containing the possible spread of Omicron, a highly-contagious variant of coronavirus which has already been detected in around 13 countries.

Health checkup and screening will have to be strengthened at the ports on arrival of passengers here from the Omicron-hit countries, including South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Lesotho, says a set of directives signed by Dr Md Nazmul Islam, director (disease control) of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The guidelines also say all types of public gatherings (social, political, religious and others) will have to be discouraged and all health guidelines, including wearing of facemasks properly at the outdoors, will have to be ensured.

The health ministry also asked to reduce the dine-in facility in restaurants at half of their capacities, reduce the participants to half of the capacity or less then it in all public gatherings, tourism spot, recreation centre, resorts, community centre, cinema hall/theatre hall and in social functions (marriage, birthday and picnic party etc).

It also asked to ensure 14-day quarantine for all passengers who will come from the countries affected by the coronavirus.

Health guidelines will have to be followed in all places of worships including mosques.

At the same time, the health guidelines also will have to be ensured in all public transports, in all educational institutions (all madrasahs, pre-primary schools, primary schools, secondary schools, higher secondary schools, co educational institutions and universities) and coaching centres.

The directives include ensuring health guidelines maintaining officially as wearing mask covering face and nose mandatorily during the entry and staying at the offices.

Healthcare workers and receivers must wear masks at all sorts of health care centres and maintaining health rules will have to be ensured.

The countrywide ongoing vaccination programmes will have to be conducted in compliance with health guidelines, it said. Isolation of confirmed coronavirus infected patients and patients with symptoms and suspected will have to be ensured. At the same time, quarantine of the people who came in contact with the patients will have to be ensured.

The health ministry also asks to coordinate with local authorities to isolate suspected Covid-19 patients showing symptoms and test their samples.

The directives also asked to raise awareness for wearing masks and following health guidelines through using loudspeakers and publicity, even the mikes of that are used at mosques, temples and pagodas can be used. Local government officials and elected public representatives can be involved to run awareness campaigns.

The health ministry also requested all concerned departments to implement the directives strongly across the country.

According to media reports, the first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant was detected in South Africa recently. Later, the Omicron cases were found in around 13 countries of the world including Botswana and Hong Kong earlier this week while additional cases have been reported in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Australia, UK, Netherlands and Canada.