Dhaka, Bangladesh
Lockdown on industries partly knocked down

Lockdown on industries partly knocked down

Can run with necessary health safeguards:Minister

‘Army will remain on field for as
long as needed’

News Report:

Industries willing to operate can keep production running with necessary safeguards against coronavirus, the commerce minister said Wednesday.
''There is no instruction from the
government for shutting down
factories. Those who want to keep
factories open can do so with
necessary health-protective gear,''
Tipu Munshi told the media after a
high-level coordination meeting at
his ministry.
He said the export-oriented firms
can explore ''advantages'' coming
from some countries notwithstanding
the problems stemming from the
Covid-19 pandemic.
The government has, meanwhile,
extended the general holiday, meant
for a countrywide self-quarantine,
up to April 9 to contain spread of
the flu.
Meanwhile, army personnel will be
deployed as much as needed to
counter the coronavirus pandemic,
but there is no need to create
unnecessary panic, said Army Chief
General Aziz Ahmed.
The army chief made the statement in
a press briefing at the secretariat
following the meeting at the
Ministry of Commerce.

General Aziz Ahmed said, “The army
is acting under the direction of the
prime minister. The prime minister
compared coronavirus to a war. We
are soldiers; we are always ready to
fight. We are ready to help
everyone.”

Meanwhile, the Director of Inter-
Services Public Relations (ISPR)
Directorate Lt Col Abdullah Ibn
Zayed said their 450 army teams are
working day and night in 62
districts, assisting the civil
administration to make sure those
who are returning from abroad are in
home quarantine.

They are visiting their houses,
talking to them over phone to ensure
they are maintaining home
quarantine.

“Our teams are going to different
areas for increasing public
awareness. We are educating the
public about how to maintain social
distancing,” he added.

He also said that the armed forces
have been distributing food and
necessary materials such as hand
sanitizers, soaps, masks and gloves
among the poor in various areas.

To combat the coronavirus situation,
the armed forces have taken to the
field from March 24 to help the
civil administration in ensuring
social distancing and raise
awareness. They will remain in the
field until further instructions.

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