In face of recent spike in the coronavirus infection and death rates, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Thursday issued a set of directives, including increasing of oxygen supply and beds in the hospitals across the country, to ensure proper treatment of the Covid-19 patients.
According to the Press Wing of the PMO, the PMO also asked the authorities concerned to follow the health protocols strictly so that none of the infected people could come out of the houses and ensure isolation for them, if required.
It also called upon the countrymen to abide by the health rules and lockdown guidelines properly to check further spread of the coronavirus.
The directives came from an urgent meeting held virtually with the divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners to find out the way out to ensure health protection for the people and coordinate the ongoing government activities to offset the Covid-19 onslaught.
Prime Minister's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus presided over the meeting from the PMO end.
Senior Secretary of Health Services Division Lokman Hossain Miah and PMO Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah, among others, attended the meeting.
PMO Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah and Secretary of Health Services Division of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Lokman Hossain Miah joined the meeting, among others.
The PMO issued the directives at a time when Bangladesh is struggling with a catastrophic second wave of the Coronavirus leaving hospitals across the country overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients.
It should be mentioned that at least 199 people died of COVID-19 infection in last 24 hours on Thursday and the total death toll rose to 15,792.
Meanwhile, the highest number of 11,651 people were tested positive with COVID-19 during the same period of time.
On the other hand, the government imposed countrywide lockdown from July 1 with restriction on the movement of mass people and public transport.
Police, RAB, BGB and army personnel have been deployed across the country to enforce lockdown rules. Mobile courts, with 106 executive magistrates, have also been mobilised.
Legal action are being be taken against those who breach lockdown restrictions or violate health safety protocols, police said.
As per the police information, a total of 4,187 people were arrested in last seven days in capital Dhaka for the violation of government directives during the lockdown.