‘COVID situation to be dire if not following govt. restrictions’
Published: 01:28 PM, 15 January 2022 Updated: 04:55 PM, 15 January 2022
Health Minister Zahid Maleque speaking at the inauguration program of dialysis unit and CT scan machine at the 250-bed district hospital in Manikganj at 11:30 am on Saturday; Photo: Collected
COVID cases are on the rise. This situation could be dire if the 11-point restrictions given by the government are not complied with, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque.
“If the lockdown is given, the country will suffer. We don’t want to go that way, so everyone should follow the hygiene rules,” he said.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque made the remarks while inaugurating the dialysis unit and CT scan machine at the 250-bed district hospital in Manikganj at 11:30 am on Saturday.
Earlier, due to the increase in coronavirus (Covid-19) infection in the country, on January 10, the Cabinet Division issued a notification with 11-point restrictions. It has been said that these 11-point instructions will be followed from January 13 until further notice.
According to the notification, the decision was taken at a meeting to review the prevalence of the new variant of Covid-19, Omicron, and the contagious situation of the disease in the country.
The 11-point directives are –
1. Mask use has been made mandatory in shops, shopping malls, bazaars, hotels and restaurants and all public gatherings. If one violates the rules, legal action will be taken against him or her.
2. All must use masks in offices and courts or outside of homes. If the health guidelines are not followed, mobile courts will have to be conducted across the country, the notification said.
3. COVID-19 vaccine certificates must be shown in taking food at restaurants or staying at hotels.
4. Without a vaccine certificate, a student above 12 years will not be allowed to enter education institutions after the specific timeframe set by the Education Ministry.
5. Scanning facility must be increased at land ports, seaports and airports. The restriction must be imposed on the exits of crews of ships at ports. Only drivers of trucks will be allowed at land ports. The access of the visitors accompanying passengers must be stopped at airports.
6. Trains, buses and launches can carry passengers of their half capacity. The authorities will issue specific instructions in this regard with the date of implementation. Drivers and helpers of all types of vehicles must have COVID-19 vaccine certificates.
7. Home-bound passengers and others concerned must show COVID-19 vaccine certificates.
8. Imams will aware people concerned about the health safety guidelines and mask use in their sermons of Jummah prayers in all mosques. Deputy Commissioners and Upazila Nirbahi Officers will ensure this matter.
9. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will take necessary publicity and other measures in accelerating COVID-19 vaccination and its booster dose inoculation. In this regard, it will take assistance from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
10. All social, political and religious functions will remain closed at open space until further notice.
11. In case of any special situation created in any area, the local administration can take action in consultation with the authorities concerned, the notification said.