DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wished her British counterpart Boris Johnson a speedy recovery from the COVID-19.
In a letter to Boris Johnson, Sheikh Hasina said her government is ready to work closely with the United Kingdom (UK) government to overcome the challenge arisen due to the outbreak of the virus across the globe.
PM’s Assistant Press Secretary A.B.M. Sarwer-E-Alom Sarker said in the letter, Sheikh Hasina wished full recovery of Boris Johnson from the Covid-19 at the soonest.
Bangladesh premier also said: “While we are all fighting our own battles and challenges against the spread and loss of lives from the pandemic coronavirus, I have been closely following all your timely and dynamic leadership initiatives including extreme lockdown, supporting laws and financial stimulus to protect the people of the United Kingdom from the devastation and death from the coronavirus.”
Elaborating her government’s measures to contain coronavirus outbreak, Sheikh Hasina said, “We started screening the suspects at the airport along with the arrangement of dedicated quarantine zones for the people arriving from the affected countries since January.”
A high-powered national committee including the task forces of different compositions was formed to tackle the different dimensions of the spread of Covid-19 and its challenges, she added.
Sheikh Hasina also said, “We prepared designated hospitals, and equipped our health professionals with necessary facilities. We shut down all educational institutions in the country and locked down infection-prone areas to prevent community transmission and advised the people to stay home.”
Her government suspended all public gatherings relating to the celebration of the long-cherished birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and cancelled all the state and private get-togethers, she added.
“We closed down all government and private offices and activities except the emergency services to curb the spread of the virus for 10 days since the 25th of this month. We are unceasingly conducting mass awareness both from the party and the government to protect our people from this lethal virus,” the premier further said.
She said due to all these preventive measures, Bangladesh has so far 48 confirmed cases with 5 unfortunate deaths, along with 11 complete recoveries.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated that her government would always be ready to work with his government in the spirit of existing cooperation in mutual efforts to overcome this challenge, and with determination to succeed.
BDST: 2109 HRS, MAR 28, 2020