Home minister urges social distancing

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 18:33, Mar 27, 2020 | Updated : 18:34, Mar 27, 2020

File Photo: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan chaired a meeting on law and order on the imminent occasion of the National Mourning Day at his ministry conference room in Dhaka on Jul 28, 2019. PIDHome Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has urged the people of the country to join the fight against coronavirus by maintaining social distance, staying home and personal cleanliness.

He made the call while talking to reporters after attending a disinfectant spray program in Dhaka's Dhanmondi area organized by Shishu Protiva Bikash Kendro on Friday (Mar 27), reports UNB.

"Wherever you are right now, work against coronavirus from there. Stay home, maintain cleanliness and social distance," the minister said adding that if you have to go out for emergency reasons wear masks and gloves.

Thanking all private organizations and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) for their cleanliness initiatives, Asaduzzaman said: "We are keeping eyes on the current situation from a cell at the Home Ministry."

"If we remain alert and follow the government's instructions to prevent the spread of the virus, Bangladesh's situation will not be like that of the European countries," he added.

The minister said law enforcers are vigilant so that no theft or robbery can take place.

Bangladesh on Friday reported four new coronavirus cases taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 48.

However, no patient died in the last 24 hours, said Director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora.

Bangladesh has so far reported five deaths from coronavirus. Besides, 11 other Covid-19 patients have already made recovery.

The global death toll from the coronavirus has jumped to over 24,200 as of Friday, according to Worldometer.

The Covid-19, a pandemic announced by the World Health Organization (WHO), has infected more than 540,000 people.

More than 125,000 people have recovered from the virus which has spread to 199 countries.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh declared a 10-day general holiday from March 26 and people started maintaining social distance and staying home like other countries across the world in an effort to starve the virus of the hosts it needs to replicate itself.