Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the country may face a massive hike in coronavirus cases in the coming days of April as per the on-going trend across the world.
“We have got some reports, which said there will be a massive hike in Bangladesh. But, do not be worried as we are prepared to overcome the crisis,” the premier said on Tuesday.
She made the announcement while addressing a videoconference with the public representatives and officials of 15 districts of Chittagong and Sylhet divisions on the present coronavirus situation in the country.
The videoconference, which was aired live on state and public television, began around 10:05am.
On March 26, the government initiated a countrywide shutdown of all activities, except essential services, from March 26 till April 4 in order to enforce social distancing, a strategy crucial for slowing the spread of Covid-19. The shutdown was later extended twice to April 14.
At the same time, all public transports and domestic and international flights remain suspended due to the pandemic. The government also suspended holding mass prayers at mosques and other places of worship until further notice.
Till Monday, Bangladesh reported its highest single-day increase in Covid-19 cases, with 35 new positive cases and three deaths.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus positive cases in Bangladesh now stands at 123, with the death toll at 12.