Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday renewed her warning that a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic in the country was imminent and asked all to mask up.
“I request you all to wear masks and follow other health safety rules,” she said mentioning the growing Covid-19 cases across the world.
The PM was addressing a meeting of secretaries of the Awami League at the party’s central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital. She joined the meeting virtually from the Gono Bhaban.
Talking about the novel coronavirus vaccine, Hasina said research works were going on in various parts of the world. “Bangladesh will get the vaccine once it is ready as the government is paying in advance.”
About graft, she said money and wealth earned through corruption would not help as the Covid-19 has taught people this lesson.
The pandemic is also a lesson for those who used to go abroad for better treatment, the PM added.
Hasina said many countries are struggling to face the situation caused by the pandemic and even the GDP growth rates of many developed countries have seen a negative trend.
“But our government took prompt, farsighted and planned measures to keep the wheels of the country’s economy turning after the detection of the first coronavirus cases in Bangladesh.”
The premier said the government had announced various stimulus packages at the beginning of the virus outbreak in the country to keep the economy running.
Besides, necessary manpower, including 2,000 physicians and a significant number of nurses and technologists, was recruited to face the situation, she said. “As a result, the rate of death from Covid-19 in Bangladesh is less than those of many countries in other parts of the world.”
Hasina said the people of the country have trust and confidence in the AL as the party always works for their welfare.
Talking about political issues, she again urged the people to stay alert to the falsehood of BNP leaders.
“BNP leaders tell lies when they deliver speeches in parliament after torching buses on the streets. They withdraw from elections halfway through polling according to their plan.”
The PM called upon the BNP leaders not to tarnish the country’s image before the world community by conducting negative propaganda abroad.