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‘Nothing to be worried about Omicron’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 6 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said there is nothing to be worried about Omicron in Bangladesh at this moment as the government has taken all possible preparations to fight the virus.

"We have taken all possible preparations to face Omicron. We have already held an inter-ministerial meeting and taken some decisions in this regard,” he said.

Those, who will come to Bangladesh from South Africa and other Omicron affected countries, must undergo test within 48 hours of their flight. They will also be placed in quarantine for 14 days at their own expenses," the minister said.  Though necessary preparations have been taken to fight the variant, the government has not yet taken any decision about lockdown or sealing of border as the situation is still normal, he said.

The minister came up with the statement while talking to reporters after visiting the newly constructed building of Bangladesh Institute of Health Management at Savar Upazila Health Complex on Sunday.

Dhaka airport's overall system has been strengthened and screening system has been improved. The airport's testing lab has been expanded from 2,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet, he also said.

The government has already enhanced coronavirus test facilities and strengthened quarantine system, he added.

“We have advocated for the expansion of quarantine centres in all of the hospitals that we used previously,” the minister said.

Zahid Maleque urged Bangladeshis living abroad, particularly those who are living in African countries, not to come to the country right now.

"Stay where you are now, if you want to keep your family and country safe," he said.