PM: Maintain health directives because Covid-19 could reappear in winter


October-November is the dangerous time to spread the Covid-19, according to the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday called on the entire population to maintain the health protocol, in particular the wearing of masks, because the coronavirus could strike the country again as winter approaches.

“We see that all the countries of the world have experienced the coronavirus during the winter,” she said.

Referring to the upward trend of Covid-19 in the United States, England and Europe during winter, the Prime Minister called on all to be careful of colds and coughs as winter approaches .

“I call on all of Bangladesh to be careful because the cold and cough can hit them as winter knocks on the door,” she added.

The Prime Minister said this while receiving 2,645,000 blankets for the poor from the Bangladesh Association of Bank (BAB) for his relief before the winter season.

She joined the blanket handover ceremony held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) from her official residence in Ganabhaban in the capital.

On behalf of the Prime Minister, his Principal Secretary, Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, received the blankets and a check for 10 lakh Tk for the Prime Minister’s Relief and Welfare Fund from 37 private banks.

The Prime Minister also called on the authorities concerned to launch a massive campaign across the country to raise awareness about the upsurge in Covid-19 infection during the winter.

She again assured that all people eligible for vaccination according to the WHO would be vaccinated by the middle of next year.

Vaccination of schoolchildren will start in a day or two, she said, adding that around eight million people would receive the second dose on Thursday as part of the mass vaccination marking the prime minister’s 75th birthday.

Describing October and November as the dangerous time to spread Covid-19, the Prime Minister urged everyone to remain cautious during the period, even after receiving the blows from Covid-19.

She also urged everyone to take fruits and foods fortified with vitamin C while following health guidelines to stay protected against the deadly virus.

The prime minister said his government was able to keep the country’s economy running during the coronavirus despite stagnation around the world due to the pandemic.

She said her government’s goal is to reduce poverty and increase the purchasing capacity of the local population, which will help expand markets and boost trade and commerce.

Sheikh Hasina said his government has opened up the country’s bank, insurance and other private sector organizations, as these become powerful like public organizations and can contribute to the development of the people and the nation.

She said her government would build a developed and prosperous Bangladesh as envisioned by the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The Prime Minister praised representatives of private banks for donating the blankets and money to the poor, ensuring that the poor will get what they gave.

She said, “You are always moving forward to help the poor.

BAB Chairman Nazrul Islam Majumder spoke at the ceremony while representatives from other banks were also in attendance.

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