In the wake of Covid-19 reemergence in several countries, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged all to follow health guidelines and use face-masks in public places and gatherings -- to prevent the possible second wave of the pandemic in Bangladesh.
The prime minister made the call while presiding the weekly cabinet meeting held virtually.
She joined the meeting through a videoconference from her official residence Gono Bhaban, while other cabinet members joined in from the Secretariat.
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam held a press briefing after the meeting.
He said the prime minister asked all to be more careful, saying that though the second wave of Covid-19 is uncertain, widespread use of masks can reduce the risk of infection.
The cabinet secretary said many people are seen somewhat relaxed over the use of masks. The government has already asked the Islamic Foundation to make people aware through imams of mosques -- at least after Zohr and Magrib prayers -- over the use of masks in public places and gatherings, he said.
He said the infection rate will decline if everyone uses mask.