No more lockdown, mask wearing mandatory: Health DG




Government has no plan to impose lockdown afresh despite the increase of coronavirus infection in the country again, said Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, director general (DG) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), on Tuesday.

He disclosed it to journalists after going back to the DGHS in Mohakhali following a meeting with the Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office in the capital on Tuesday.

However, Prof Dr Khurshid Alam said the government has given directives to follow the health guidelines strictly including wearing facemasks by all.

The DG of the Health said, “The PM’s principal secretary gave necessary directives to the DGHS to contain the spread of coronavirus infection. Maximum importance was given on wearing masks by all people. We have also been asked to seek cooperation from the law enforcing agencies in this regard, if necessary.”

“We have been instructed to ensure so that people can’t crowd in restaurants, transports, and tourist spots, and also wear mask,” he said.

When the coronavirus pandemic began to rise last year, the government imposed ‘lockdown’ restrictions at the end of March. Apart from offices, courts, educational institutions, shopping malls, shops, mosques, temples, churches and pagodas, restrictions were imposed on the movement of vehicles.

Besides, all were asked to stay in their respective houses.

After the lifting of 66 days of lockdown, the government ordered to open offices and allowed to ply the transports. Flight operations also resumed gradually and tourist spots were opened.

Though the coronavirus infection rate fell in the country after December gradually, it started to rise again at the beginning of the March this year.

The number of coronavirus infected cases has risen to 1,700 per day, which was only 300 on average a month ago. During the last two days, 28 and 26 people died of Covid-19 respectively.

So far, 5,60,887 persons have been infected with coronavirus in Bangladesh, and 8,597 of them died.

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