by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the people to follow health guidelines to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as the second wave of the virus began in Bangladesh.
“We are trying to bring the situation under control. But, assistance from the people is necessary to contain it,” the Prime Minister told the parliament on Thursday.
She was speaking on a condolence motion in parliament on incumbent lawmaker from Sylhet-3 constituency Mahmud Us Samad Chowdhury, who died recently.
Hasina urged the people to wear facemask, avoiding mass gathering and refraining from going outside if not necessary.
The Prime Minister said a sudden surge in the coronavirus infection rate has been seen in Bangladesh and elsewhere across the world.
“The coronavirus (infection) has increased, particularly on March 29, 30 and 31, as high as couldn’t be imagined,” she said blaming people’s way of ignoring the health guidelines since vaccination against the virus started.
“I repeatedly told people to wear masks and follow the health guidelines even after taking the jabs against coronavirus. But, maintaining the health protocol has been stopped,” she continued.
It has been estimated that the people attending marriage ceremonies and going to tourist places for outing mainly contributed to the sudden surge in the Covid-19 infection rate, she added.