Holiday to resume if infection rises

PM for engaging local public representatives

Ahammad Foyez | Published: 23:48, May 30,2020


The general holiday, aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, ended on Saturday more than two months after it began but could be resumed if COVID-19 infections increase again.

The decision was taken in a meeting of the National Technical Advisory Committee, formed to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, held with prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban.

Several committee members told New Age that they also advised the prime minister to ensure a strong monitoring of the implementation of the health safety guideline for the public offices, transports and other entities till June 15.

They gave their opinion for resuming the general holiday if infections of the virus increased due to the withdrawal of restrictions on the free movement of the public, they said.

They said that prevention of the virus was still possible as it spread mostly in the urban areas.

Addressing the meeting the prime minister asked the authorities concerned to engage, in a bigger way, the local public representatives in containing the virus, reports Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.

At the meeting, the prime minister also gave various directives to stem the transmission of the lethal virus as well as provide medical care services to the infected patients.

The meeting reviewed various measures the committee has taken to curb the spread of the disease and provide healthcare services to the people infected by the COVID-19, the BSS report said.

The government has decided not to extend the general holiday after May 30 with instructing the authorities concerned to reopen the offices today ensuring the compliance of the social distancing rule and the health safety guideline.

In Saturday’s meeting, committee president Professor Mohammad Shahidullah, PM’s principal secretary Ahmad Kaikaus, PMO secretary Tofazzal Hossain Mian, PM’s private physician

Professor ABM Abdullah, health secretary Ashadul Islam and other members of the committee were present.

The government on April 19 formed the 17-member National Technical Advisory Committee in a bid to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

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