Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the people to avoid large gathering to prevent spread of the deadly novel coronavirus.
The Prime Minister’s call came at the weekly meeting of her cabinet on Monday, a day after Bangladesh detected three first cases of coronavirus infection, according to Health Secretary Ashadul Islam.
Islam appeared before the media after the meeting headed by Prime Minister Hasina reviewed the situation and issued the guideline to stop spreading of the pathogen that killed more than 3,400 people across the world since its outbreak reported in China in December. More than 100,000 people have contacted the virus.
Islam said the meeting requested people not get panicked.
“She (Hasina) urged the people to avoid big gatherings as much as possible as the virus is infectious,” Islam quoted the premier as saying.
He said Bangladesh is well-prepared to prevent the virus.
“We have started taking preparation since the outbreak of coronavirus was reported in China in line with the directives of the Prime Minister,” Islam said adding that a three-tier measure included – control of the virus’ spreading, prevent its transmission from person to person and to manage it in case infection is detected in Bangladesh.
“There is no reason to be panicked as the situation is not like that thousands of people are affected by the virus,” the health secretary said adding that most of the people infected by the virus are cured in treatment.