Dhaka – Bangladesh on Saturday joined China in mourning those who were lost to the deadly COVID-19, which has been “largely contained” in the country of origin of the bug, according to diplomatic sources.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Chinese people nationwide observed three minutes of silence to mourn the dead, while air raid sirens and automobiles, trains and ships honked in a symbolic wailing in grief.
Bangladesh’s envoy in Beijing, Mahbub uz Zaman, told newsnextbd.com by e-mail, “We held a program with our officers and staff at our embassy premises to express our solidarity with the Government and people of China.”
“Our Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen also sent a message of condolence to his counterpart in China to convey our sympathies and express solidarity with the people of China on the mourning day,” he added.
The Chinese government took “strict measures” to check the transmission of the coronavirus through import cases, the envoy said.
He said “They have announced host of measures at all airports to monitor and survey all incoming passengers.”
During the commemoration, national flags flew at half-mast across the country and in all Chinese embassies and consulates abroad, including in Dhaka.
China is involved in some of Bangladesh’s mega-projects with major investment along with large number of its nationals working in this South Asian country. Some 400 Chinese companies are currently doing business with Bangladesh.