The government of Japan has said they will continue to extend its support to Bangladesh to have a deeper bilateral relations between the two countries.
"It is our sincere hope that Bangladesh will overcome the current crisis soon so that the two nations can further deepen the relations," said the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka on Friday.
Japan said it does not have any specific restriction for the return flight from Japan to other countries.
Non-Japanese nationals who have stayed or visited any of the 111 countries, including Bangladesh, within the last 14 days are not permitted to enter Japan unless there are special circumstances.
To that end, it said, Japan will continue to extend its support to Bangladesh.
In response to the media reports regarding a “ban” of flight from Dhaka to Japan, the Embassy in a statement clarified a number of points.
The Japanese authorities duly conduct quarantine measures at its airports of arrival, which include self-declaration of symptoms, monitoring of body temperature, and the PCR testing when deemed necessary (the testing is mandatory for passengers from 111 countries, as of 16th of June), it said.
The government of Japan also asks travelers from all over the world to stay at home, etc. and refrain from using public transportation for 14 days after their arrival, the statement reads.
However, Japan did not require the passengers on the chartered flight to show a certificate of the result of COVID-19 testing for their entry either before boarding.
The validity or accuracy of the “certificate” has never been an issue.
As of 25th of May, Japan added Bangladesh, together with 10 countries including India and Pakistan, to the list of countries subject to denial of entry into Japan (and the measures came into effect from JST 00:00 on 27th of May).
The decision reflects overall assessment on the COVID-19 situation in this region, said the statement.
It is true that four passengers, aboard on the chartered flight on 30th of April, have been found COVID-19 positive after their entry in Japan, but their source/place of infection has not been identified.
China has granted zero tariff treatment for 5,161 more Bangladeshi products in the Chinese market effective from July 1.
With the announcement made by the State Council of Ministry of Finance of China, a total of 8,256 Bangladeshi products will come under the 97 percent of products that would be exempted from tariff.
Bangladesh described it as a success of its economic diplomacy.
"We are glad to inform that as part of our economic diplomacy and the consequent outcome of exchange of letters between Bangladesh and China, Tariff Commission of the State Council of Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China issued a notice on granting zero treatment to 97 percent of tariff products of Bangladesh," said an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He said Bangladesh is getting this as an LDC.
This treatment is in addition to the preferential duties that we are already enjoying from China under Asia - Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA).
This announcement opens doors for Bangladeshi exporters to enjoy zero tariff for 5,161 items to enter into Chinese markets from July 1.
“According to China’s commitment to zero tariff treatment for 97% of the tax products of the least developed countries that have established diplomatic relations with China,” said a notification issued on June 16 from the Ministry of Finance of China.
According to the exchange of letters between China and Bangladesh, since July 1, 2020, for 97% of the tax products originating in Bangladesh, the preferential tax rate of zero shall be applied, it reads.
Half of the world’s children, or approximately 1 billion children each year are affected by physical, sexual or psychological violence, suffering injuries, disabilities and death, because countries have failed to follow established strategies to protect them, says a global report released on Thursday.
The World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNESCO, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children, and the End Violence Partnership published the report.
“There is never any excuse for violence against children," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We have evidence-based tools to prevent it, which we urge all countries to implement. Protecting the health and well-being of children is central to protecting our collective health and well-being, now and for the future.”
The report – Global Status Report on Preventing Violence Against Children 2020 – is the first of its kind, charting progress in 155 countries against the “INSPIRE” framework, a set of seven strategies for preventing and responding to violence against children.
The report signals a clear need in all countries to scale up efforts to implement them.
While nearly all countries (88%) have key laws in place to protect children against violence, less than half of countries (47%) said these were being strongly enforced.
The report includes the first ever global homicide estimates specifically for children under 18 years of age – previous estimates were based on data that included 18 to 19-year olds. It finds that, in 2017, around 40,000 children were victims of homicide.
“Violence against children has always been pervasive, and now things could be getting much worse,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
“Lockdowns, school closures and movement restrictions have left far too many children stuck with their abusers, without the safe space that school would normally offer. It is urgent to scale up efforts to protect children during these times and beyond, including by designating social service workers as essential and strengthening child helplines.”
Progress is generally uneven
Of the INSPIRE strategies, only access to schools through enrollment showed the most progress with 54% of countries reporting that a sufficient number of children in need were being reached in this way.
Between 32% to 37% of countries considered that victims of violence could access support services, while 26% of countries provided programmes on parent and caregiver support; 21% of countries had programmes to change harmful norms; and 15% of countries had modifications to provide safe physical environments for children.
Although a majority of countries (83%) have national data on violence against children, only 21% used these to set baselines and national targets to prevent and respond to violence against children.
About 80% of countries have national plans of action and policies but only one-fifth have plans that are fully funded or have measurable targets.
A lack of funding combined with inadequate professional capacity are likely contributing factors and a reason why implementation has been slow.
The COVID-19 response and its impact on children
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, and the related school closures, we have seen a rise in violence and hate online – and this includes bullying. Now, as schools begin to re-open, children are expressing their fears about going back to school,” said Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General.
“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that schools are safe environments for all children. We need to think and act collectively to stop violence at school and in our societies at large.”
Stay-at-home measures including school closures have limited the usual sources of support for families and individuals such as friends, extended family or professionals.
This further erodes victims’ ability to successfully cope with crises and the new routines of daily life. Spikes in calls to helplines for child abuse and intimate partner violence have been observed.
And while online communities have become central to maintain many children’s learning, support and play, an increase in harmful online behaviours including cyberbullying, risky online behavior and sexual exploitation have been identified.
“Whilst this report was being finalized, confinement measures and the disrupted provision of already limited child protection services exacerbated the vulnerability of children to various forms of violence,” said Najat Maalla M’jid, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children.
“To respond to this crisis a unified, child rights and multisectoral framework for action for children is critical requiring a strong mobilization of governments, bilateral/multilateral donors, civil society, private sector and children, whose views must be heard and truly taken into account to ensure duly protection and the possibility for all to thrive and reach their full potential.”
Accelerating action to protect children
WHO and its partners will continue to work with countries to fully implement the INSPIRE strategies by enhancing coordination, developing and implementing national action plans, prioritizing data collection, and strengthening legislative frameworks.
Global action is needed to ensure that the necessary financial and technical support is available to all countries.
Monitoring and evaluation are crucial to determine the extent to which these prevention efforts are effectively delivered to all who need them.
“Ending violence against children is the right thing to do, a smart investment to make, and it’s possible. It is time to fully fund comprehensive national action plans that will keep children safe at home, at school, online and in their communities,” said Dr Howard Taylor, End Violence Partnership.
“We can and must create a world where every child can thrive free from violence and become a new generation of adults to experience healthy and prosperous lives.”
The data for the report was compiled through a survey administered between 2018 and 2019 with responses from over 1000 decision-makers from 155 countries.
The visiting Chinese medical team experts have said masks should not be reused and asymptomatic patients can also be contagious.
However, the use time of individual masks can be extended a bit sometimes, they said.
On the 9th day of their two-week visit, the team of Chinese medical experts held meeting with the top officials of Communicable Disease Control (CDC), DGHS, and had an interactive online experience sharing with directors and superintends of hospitals from different corners of the country.
Bangladesh side highlighted their current challenges and the experts sought to guide them sharing the successful experience on containment and prevention of the pandemic as well as treatments of COVID patients in Wuhan and other parts of China.
In response to the relevant questions of Bangladesh side, the Chinese experts said that the virus can survive in patient’s body for 60 days in extreme cases with two weeks of incubation period.
On the reemergence of positive symptoms in patient’s body after recovery, the team led by LI Wenxiu pointed at two possible reasons; there is perhaps something wrong with the test results and no permanent immunity is obtained after recovery.
About the measures of successful determination of the suspected cases, the experts advised to check on contact history, typical symptoms, abnormal blood routine, and lung CT image.
They also talked about the differences between KN95 and N95 masks saying that KN95 is for industrial dust and N95 is for preventing liquid spillage.
As for another very important question about whether an asymptomatic infected person is contagious, the Chinese experts answered, “Yes, it can be contagious, which is why the persons should be treated as the ordinary COVID patients."
During the special session with the top medical professionals from Chattogram and Sylhet, both sides talked about various fundamental strategies to have a successful fight against the pandemic.
To avoid infection of laboratory personnel, the Chinese team advised that thorough disinfection is necessary while every single resumption begins.
On sample transferring, they said the whole process should have special channels for collection, transportation and access to the laboratory, and most of all the samples must be sealed in 3 layers.
While replying to a question about whether the COVID patients need special treatment if they have other lung infections, the experts suggested that the original disease and COVID-19 symptoms should be treated simultaneously, and the etiology needs to be tested first to make the decision on which antibiotics have to be used.
Asked about what to do after the death of COVID-19 patients, they answered that the whole body of the deceased should be disinfected, wrapped in two impermeable bags and then transported to the dedicated place for burial.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is set to launch three new tickets sales outlets in the capital from June 21.
The locations of the three new ticket sale centers are at Dhanmondi, Farmgate and Kurmitola where customers will get all kinds of service regarding buying tickets, said a press release.
The Dhanmondi outlet’s address is - Plot-06, 08, 10, Road 5A, Satmasjid Road in Dhanmondi which will be open from 10 am to 6 pm on working days. The email address of the new center is email@example.com.
Farmgate center will be situated at 81, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Tejgaon -1215, which will be open from 10 am to 6 pm on working days. The email address of the new center is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The main sale center in Kurmitola will be at Balaka Gate, Balaka Bhaban in Kurmitola – 1229, that will be open 24 hours. The email address of the center is email@example.com and customer can also call at 01777715630-631.