Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed to strictly abide by other restrictions including lockdown to control corona infection. He also instructed to be strict in enforcing the law if necessary. The decision on whether to increase the lockdown will be made on Thursday. Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said this at a press briefing after the regular cabinet meeting.The Prime Minister attended the virtual cabinet meeting from Ganobhaban. And the ministers were in the cabinet room in the secretariat.
The secretary said the next decision would be taken after reviewing various restrictions, including the ongoing lockdown, next Thursday (April 8). In the published notification, restrictions were issued from Monday to April 11.
He further said that the Prime Minister has directed to strictly follow the instructions issued in the ongoing lockdown. He has instructed to be strict in enforcing the law if necessary.
After the meeting, Minister for Freedom Fighters AQM Mozammel Haque said that the Prime Minister has instructed everyone to strictly abide by the lockdown instructions. We want to control the movement of people to prevent corona infection. Due to the lockdown, the number of people has decreased.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said the rules are being strictly followed at the book fair. If this is the case then the government will think anew. Strict legal action will be taken if any other place including public transport disobeys the instructions of the government. It is to be mentioned that the seven-day lockdown has started from 6 am on Monday to prevent the spread of corona. A list of guidelines for citizens is provided.
It is not allowed to go out of the house from 7 pm to 8 am this week. You can’t go out to buy anything except emergency medicine or essentials. I have to return home quickly after work. You can go out for burial. All public transport will be closed. Private vehicles cannot be driven. Passengers on motorcycles and domestic routes will also not run.
Transportation of goods and production will not fall under this directive. In addition, those who go abroad, or those who have come from abroad, the transport that they will use for travel will not fall under this instruction.
The restaurant can be kept open for seven days. However, food cannot be served to any buyer by sitting inside. Food can be packed and taken away. Meals can be delivered according to hygiene rules. Shops and shopping malls will remain closed. However, there will be opportunities for online shopping and delivery. Employees engaged in this work must abide by the hygiene rules. No buyer can physically go to the shopping mall.
Law enforcement and emergency services, such as health, electricity, water, gas / fuel, fire service, sea, land and seaport activities will continue. Offices related to telephone, internet, postal department and other emergency goods and services, their staff and vehicles will not be covered by this ban.
You can go to the raw market from 8 am to 4 pm to buy rice, pulses, oil, onions, vegetables, fish and meat. These shops and markets have to be closed after 4 pm. The buyer must also return home. The raw market will sit at an open distance in the open space. Drug stores can be kept open 24 hours a day. In this case, the buyer and seller must follow the hygiene rules. No more than one customer can be allowed to enter the drug store at a time. However, depending on the size of the shop, two people can enter. Not more than that.
Government, semi-government, private, autonomous and courts will be open for emergency work. However, those who are needed for urgent work should be brought to the office.
Garments and factories will remain open. The workers have to be brought in the factory’s own vehicle. Must be delivered at the end of the work. This instruction will not apply to factory vehicles. Field hospitals for workers should be set up in the vicinity of the factory. The owners have to arrange treatment there on their own initiative.
Banks will be open all over the country to conduct business transactions. However, it is for a limited time. Banking transactions are scheduled for April 5-11 from 10 am to 12 noon. However, the transaction can be kept open till 2 pm if necessary for further work.
At this time, the country’s armed forces department will build a field hospital at a convenient place in the capital Dhaka.
The local administration will be able to take effective measures to comply with the instructions. Police, BGB and Ansar members will be on round-the-clock patrol in the neighborhood. The directive also calls for disciplinary action against those who disobey government orders.
Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said a decision on whether to extend the one-week lockdown to prevent coronavirus infection would be taken after a re-evaluation at a meeting on Thursday.
The directives were issued in the light of the 16-point directive issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on March 29 to review the epidemic situation. According to the 16-point directive in the Prime Minister’s Office, government offices were to be run with 50 per cent manpower. But most of the offices of the secretariat are also open on Monday.
Calling attention to the issue, the cabinet secretary said, “We have told them to reduce their comfort.” There will be as much as is needed to carry out useful work.
Asked whether the lockdown would be extended, Khandaker Anwarul Islam said, “Let’s see what happens after seven days.” We will review on Thursday InshaAllah. People have to co-operate. You are saying … if everyone wears a little mask and follows the hygiene rules, then it should not be a problem.
Farewell to Afghanistan with the Prime MinisterMeeting of Radut: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that maintaining peace and order is a prerequisite for development. Peace is essential for development. We involve people so that their support can help establish peace.
He made the remarks while paying a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban here this morning. After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.
During the meeting, the Ambassador of Afghanistan informed the Prime Minister that the historic speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 7 has been translated into Afghan language.
On the situation of coronavirus, the Prime Minister said that coronavirus has emerged as a problem for all as it is a global epidemic. We are all fighting together against this deadly virus.
Describing the relations between Bangladesh and Afghanistan as excellent, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh and Afghanistan have worked together in the international arena. In this context, he said, we follow the foreign policy of ‘friendship with all and not enmity with anyone’. The Prime Minister also expressed his desire for cooperation in the development of Afghanistan.
In this context, he said, Bangladesh’s NGO BRAC is working for the socio-economic development of Afghanistan. Sheikh Hasina said her government is working to establish Bangladesh as a poverty and hunger free Bangladesh of Bangabandhu’s dream. The Prime Minister conveyed her best wishes to the President of Afghanistan.
The Afghan Ambassador congratulated the Prime Minister on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence. The Ambassador lauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her remarkable progress under her dynamic leadership. In this context, he said, the development of Bangladesh is being considered as a model for all.
The Afghan Ambassador further said that under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, bilateral relations between the two countries have been further strengthened.
He also thanked the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for extending cooperation to the Embassy of Afghanistan in Dhaka.
On trade and commerce, the ambassador said there was ample opportunity to increase cooperation between the two countries, especially in the private sector. He requested the Prime Minister to reopen the Bangladesh Embassy in Afghanistan. Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Kaikaus was present on the occasion.