Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked authorities concerned to ensure mandatory use of masks in public places to prevent COVID-19 infections as experts feared that the country might face the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak during the winter.
Hasina, while presiding over the weekly cabinet meeting virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban, issued the directive as many people are seen without masks in public places nowadays.
The Cabinet Division placed the third quarterly report on progress in implementation of the cabinet decisions in the meeting, at tended by the cabinet members from the secretariat.
‘The prime minister has asked all concerned to make sure people wear masks in all public places, including mosques and markets, and in any public gathering as Europe and the US are already facing the second wave of coronavirus infections,’ cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told a press briefing at the secretariat.
He said that the divisional commissioners were already asked for measures to create public awareness about the use of masks as it was feared that the number of infections might increase during the winter.
He said that the local administrations would operate mobile courts to enforce the mandatory use of masks in public places.
A total of 5,681 people have died of COVID-19 and 3,90,206 infected in the country so far.
The cabinet secretary said that 46 per cent of the cabinet decisions were implemented in September-July, against 58 per cent in the corresponding period in 2019, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
He said that a total of 48 cabinet meetings had been held since the government took over on January 7 in 2019.
Anwarul said that the PM had asked all concerned for steps to recover the backlog quickly in all sector.
The cabinet endorsed the draft ‘Air Services Agreement between the Austrian Federal Government and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh’ for signing.
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