Again strict lockdown if health rules aren’t obeyed: Quader

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A woman chooses shoes at a shopping mall ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh. -Photo: Courtesy

Dailynewsun Report:

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said everyone will have to follow the health guidelines properly if the public transport services resume after the end of the current lockdown.

“If health guidelines aren’t followed after the resumption of public transport services, the government will be compelled to enforce strict lockdown again,” he said while addressing a food aid and Covid-19 protective equipment distribution ceremony at the AL president’s Dhanmondi political office.

From his official residence, Quader virtually joined the function arranged by AL sub-committee on relief and social welfare.

He said the government has given permission to keep open shopping malls, markets and shops in day time properly maintaining health guidelines.

The minister urged the shop owners and all others to follow the health guidelines realizing the situation and its danger.
“You all must wear facemasks and follow health guiltiness so that the government need not to enforce lockdown or shut shopping malls and markets again,” he said.
He said all concerned must have to follow health guidelines when the public transport services will resume.

“Earlier, we witnessed that health guidelines were followed in some vehicles, weren’t followed in some others,” he mentioned.

But when the transport services will resume on limited scale on conditions of following health guidelines, none should misuse the scope, he said.

The minister said if the vehicles carry passengers more than half of their seating capacities, carry passengers standing or realize additional fare than designated one and do not abide by the conditions, the government will be bound to enforce lockdown again.

Quader said tough actions will be taken against those who will indulge in irregularities over Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s relief and cash aid.

He urged all concerned to remain alert so that the relief and cash aid reach the proper places and the aid is not misused by any means.

The AL general secretary said BNP is spreading propaganda centering Covid-19 vaccine.

“The people will receive the second dose of the vaccine in due time as like as the first dose In-sha Allah. The people have trust in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said.

Mentioning that BNP leaders are spreading hatred against the government every day, he said if BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir makes some comments to raise awareness among the people stopping his ‘research’ on lockdown, it could play at least a little bit of positive role in containing the spread of the virus.

AL Presidium Member Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Joint General Secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua, Health and Population Affairs Secretary Dr Rokeya Sultana, Education and Human Resource Secretary Shamsun Nahar Chapa, Deputy Office Secretary Sayem Khan and Central Working Committee Member Abdul Awal Shamim were present at AL president’s Dhanmondi political office on the occasion.

AL’s relief and social welfare sub-committee chairman AKM Rahmatullah chaired it.