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‘Without quick preventive measures coronavirus may spread rapidly’

Published: March 28, 2020 21:51:59 | Updated: March 29, 2020 15:13:40


‘Without quick preventive measures coronavirus may spread rapidly’

The United Nations (UN) on Saturday said coronavirus can spread fast if preventative measures are not put in place quickly and urged everyone to comply with the measures.

"The United Nations is fully supportive of the measures the Government of Bangladesh has been taking to slow the spread of COVID-19," said the UN in a statement.

Bangladesh, in partnership with the UN, civil society and the private sector, has rapidly operationalised many interventions including enforced quarantine and isolation; intensified risk communication; social distancing; social protection; and the closure of schools and public spaces.

"We urge everyone to comply with these measures," said the UN. 

This will allow extra time for the government and its partners, including the UN agencies, civil society and the private sector, to strengthen medical capacity across the country and support the government in suppressing the pandemic, it said.

The Country Preparedness and Response Plan is planning a document prepared jointly by the United Nations in Bangladesh and concerned government counterparts with participation of a number of civil society partners and other actors, reports UNB.

In line with WHO global guidance, the purpose of the document is to mobilise the UN agencies and partners in support of the government’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, said the UN.

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