Govt bracing to tackle Covid-19 second wave

The government is preparing to tackle the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the upcoming winter in Bangladesh.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday, days after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s warning, said they were being prepared for the second wave.

“We cannot ignore the possibility of a second wave in Bangladesh in the winter,” he said, suggesting all avoid arranging programmes like weddings and picnics in winter.

He also asked all to maintain health and hygiene rules to prevent the spread of the virus.

“The second wave has already begun in the US, Europe and some other countries because people ignored the health guidelines,” he said at a programme at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

As of Wednesday, Bangladesh confirmed 353,844 cases of Covid-19 in the country. Of them, 5,044 died and 262,953 recovered from the disease.

The first case was confirmed on March 8 and the first death on March 18. The WHO declared the virus pandemic on March 11.

The Prime Minister on Sunday warned that the Covid-19 situation might deteriorate in the upcoming winter, and urged all involved to prepare for another outbreak.

Wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing and washing hands with soap are some of the measures, according to WHO, that can prevent the spread of the virus.