Bangladesh govt to get tough to ensure mask-use for COVID-19

Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, in the cabinet meeting, urged all involved to be tougher to guarantee the required use of masks with doing more campaign due to the outbreak of the second wave of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reports BSS.

“Force people to wear masks anyway . . . Also motivate them saying that If you (people) don’t use a mask, no vaccines, and medicines, you use, will be fruitful to protect,” Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam quoted the premier as saying at the weekly cabinet.

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“The mobile courts have been instructed to be more strict and, if necessary, to increase the fines against for not using the masks at public places,” Khandaker Anwarul Islam said.

Prime Minister of Bangladesh joined the conference virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence while her cabinet colleagues joined from the Bangladesh Secretariat within virtual media.

Asked what the strong punishment would be, Islam told the imposition of fines may increase to Taka 5,000 from the existing Tk 1,000 or Tk 500.

The cabinet secretary said, “Apart from running the mobile courts, they will donate also a mask.”

Anwarul Islam said mobile courts worked at 37 places in Dhaka city yesterday and imposed fine from Taka 500 to Taka 1,000 at different places.

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