'Not heading back into lockdown in Bangladesh'

News Desk
24 November 2020, Tue
Published: 05:50

'Not heading back into lockdown in Bangladesh'

Transport Minister Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said, 'A full-scale virus lockdown isn’t possible in Bangladesh. What India did wasn’t very effective.'

Asked if a lockdown would be imposed, Quader, the number two man in the ruling Awami League, said it was not on the cards. 

Some restrictions may be put in place but nothing of this sort (lockdown), he said.

But Quader said people’s lives come first and the government would make “tough choices” considering the virus outbreak situation.

Masks must be used, [and] that’s a tough decision … people will be fined if they don’t wear masks, the prime minister is very strict in this matter, he said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is monitoring the virus situation herself. The government has preparations, he said. 

On the other hand, Prime Minister Hasina has been warning the people of a possible second Covid-19 wave and urging everyone to wear masks and properly follow health guidelines.

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam on Monday said that the administration would go tough on people who won’t wear masks.