State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Saturday said it would be wrong to judge Bangladesh with the presence of a few thousand people crowding the ferry terminals.
“Ninety-five percent of the people are following the decision of the government,” he said at a views exchange meeting in Dinajpur’s Birol.
Thousands of people left the cities for their home districts before the Eid and started returning to their workplaces after the religious festival. Images of people thronging the ferry terminals flooded social media and health experts feared that the country could see a higher number of coronavirus cases in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the government has decided not to extend the general holidays, aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, and partially lifted restrictions, allowing offices and transports to resume on limited scale.
Health experts told UNB that the only way to keep the coronavirus situation under control is to properly follow the health directives issued by the government.
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Bangladesh on Saturday recorded the highest number of COVID-19 deaths. The health authorities said 28 patients died in the last 24 hours, raising the death tally to 610. During this period, 1,764 new cases were reported, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 44,608.
State Minister Khalid said the coronavirus situation is under control in the country thanks to the strong leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “There are no irregularities anywhere. This will be an example for the future,” he said.
He thanked the children for staying at home and highlighted the duties of the local administration.
“We have to raise awareness at the ward and union level through counselling,” Khalid said. “Everyone must follow health guidelines.”
The state minister said everyone involved in the prime minister’s relief distribution programmes will have to maintain caution.
“Make sure that everyone in the list gets relief,” he said, warning that irregularities will not be tolerated.
“There’s no scope for irregularities,” he said. “Many people are creating controversy over relief activities.”
State Minister Khalid said the prime minister is distributing cash among the people in need. “Her exemplary works will be remembered.”
He highlighted the strong leadership of the prime minister.
“She is giving us courage all the time. The people of Bangladesh are courageous thanks to her prudent and strong leadership,” he said.