Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities will be opened after the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr in view of the sudden surge in the Covid-19 infection.
“It is a matter of regret that we cannot open the educational institutes now as there is a fresh surge in the coronavirus infection. We will open schools, colleges and universities after Eid,” she said.
Referring to the fresh surge of the coronavirus with different variants, the PM said, “We have to take prompt measures like the earlier ones to check it.”
Taking part virtually in a discussion marking the Golden Jubilee of the country’s independence from her official Gono Bhaban residence, she said that inoculation against the Covid-19 that her government has initiated would be continued as it is their duty to save lives of the masses alongside ensuring their health protection.
Bangladesh Awami League (AL) organised the discussion at its central office at 23 Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.
Hasina also reiterated her call to the countrymen to wear facemasks alongside maintaining health guidelines and she asked the authorities concerned to take prompt measures to check the fresh surge in Covid-19 infections.
“I request all not to go outside without wearing masks. Everyone should ensure that they will wear masks and maintain the health guidelines,” she said.
Hasina, also the AL president, asked her party and its associate bodies’ leaders and activists to stand by the people as they did during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this connection, she said, “We all (AL leaders and activists) have to take preparation to work for dispelling the sufferings of the people caused by the fresh surge in Covid-19 infections.”
She asked her party leaders and workers to take measures to ensure that the people follow the directives regarding the health guidelines that her government announced since the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The PM also directed her party men to distribute masks among the people and extend all sorts of supports to the distressed.