PM urges everyone to follow health protocols and avoid crowds




| Update:
09 January 2022 20:06:58


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged people to follow health protocols and avoid large crowds, warning that omicron, the new variant of COVID-19, increases the risk of contracting the disease.

“As the new omicron variant has spread across the world, we have to follow health protocols. Around this time, people usually get a cold and a cough. Therefore, everyone should wear a mask, ”the prime minister said as she attended the foundation-laying ceremony for cancer treatment centers at medical schools in eight divisional cities on Sunday via video conference.

She urged everyone to avoid organizing or attending large gatherings, reports bdnews24.com.

The omicron variant quickly crossed borders and alarmed people around the world. At least 21 cases have also been detected in Bangladesh.

Daily COVID tests across the country yielded a positivity rate of nearly 6% on Saturday. After four months, the daily increase in cases has again crossed 1,100.

The National COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee has recommended stopping all kinds of social, political and religious gatherings in an effort to prevent the spread of omicron.

He suggested setting up mobile courts, if necessary, to enforce government initiatives to prevent the spread of the disease.

Experts believe that two doses of the coronavirus vaccine does not provide sufficient protection against the omicron variant, but may reduce the need for hospitalization. The booster dose, however, offers some protection against the variant.

In addition to adults, Bangladesh has started immunizing students aged 12-18. It will also vaccinate young children once the World Health Organization approves it, the prime minister said.

She highlighted her government’s efforts to keep the economy running with various programs of political support and financial incentives amid the pandemic.

“We have a special allocation of around Tk 100 billion in the national budget to provide health services to the population. We can spend more if necessary and have also prepared a separate fund.

Bangladesh is working to secure some 310 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, Hasina said, adding that the government is working to ensure that no one remains unvaccinated.

“Many of you are afraid of getting shot. I urged people not to be afraid and not to pay attention to false propaganda.”

She also mentioned that more children are infected with omicron.

People shouldn’t be afraid to get the vaccine and should make sure they are safe, she said.

Bangladesh is providing the vaccine to its people for free, as the main goal of the government is to work for the people, she said.

The government has decided to continue the vaccination program even if its budget needs to be increased.


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