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08:10 PM, May 24, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:36 PM, May 24, 2020

‘Life must go on, act responsibly and stay safe’

PM tells nation on the occasion of Eid

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today stressed on following health guidelines amid the Covid-19 outbreak on an individual level to stay safe.

"Your safety is in your hands. Remember that if you remain safe, you are also keeping your family, neighbours and the country safe," the PM said.

The prime minister said this in a televised speech this evening to the countrymen on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious celebration of the Muslims.

This year, Eid is being observed in a subdued manner amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and also just days after Cyclone Amphan devastated the southern districts of the country.

Mentioning this, the premier said it was double blow to the nation, considering that the pandemic has already grappled the people and the economy.

However, the PM expressed optimism that the nation will be able to overcome these obstacles too.

"This year, we had a bumper yield of Boro [rice], which came as a blessing during this crisis," she said.

Mentioning that it is not possible for any nation to continue shutdown measures for extended time, considering the economic aspects, including people's livelihood, the premier said different sectors are being allowed to open in phases but everyone must maintain the safety guidelines to curb transmission of the virus.

"You have proven yet again that if people are united, no obstacle is big enough to overcome," she said.

"With your support and cooperation, we have dealt with the Covid-19 situation for two and a half months quite successfully. I will stay by your side with my government, Inshallah," Sheikh Hasina said.

She referred to the stimulus packages taken by the government to support the various sectors of the economy which have been hit hard by fallout from the pandemic.

She also mentioned the government will procure 22.25 lakh tonnes of food grains this season -- two lakh tonnes more than in the previous year -- from farmers so that they get fair prices for their produce.

The premier laid emphasis on ensuring food safety and lauded the country's farmers for their immense contribution in this regard.

PM Hasina expressed condolences to the bereaved families of those who died of Covid-19, including police, doctors and health professionals, bank officials, administration officials, journalists, and over 650 Bangladeshi nationals who died in the US, UK and other countries, and prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls.

She also expressed her sincere gratitude to the frontline responders including doctors and health professionals, armed forces and law enforcers, field-level officials of the administration and journalists, among others, for delivering the emergency duties putting their lives at risk, and wished them all for Eid-ul-Fitr.

The premier called upon all to stay home this Eid and celebrate the occasion with family members in a bid to stay safe and prevent coronavirus transmission.

She also urged the affluent people of the society to come forward and help those who have been affected gravely amid the ongoing crisis.

"Stand by your destitute neighbours and villagers as much as you can. This way the happiness of Eid will lighten up not only your home but also those of others," PM Hasina added.

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