Expressing apprehension that the Covid-19 situation may worsen during the upcoming winter, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked everyone to bolster preparation to fight the pandemic in winter, reports UNB.
“Winter is coming up. The situation may deteriorate to some extent. But we’ve to take preparation from right now,” she said while receiving a donation of Tk 165.6 crore for the PM’s Relief and Welfare Fund from over 40 organisations.
She joined the function through a videoconference from her official residence Ganobhaban as the representatives of the organisations handed over cheques to PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Of them, 34 commercial banks led by Bangladesh Association of Bank (BAB) provided total Tk 164 crore as donation.
Sheikh Hasina said everyone has been working with utmost sincerity to fight Covid-19 pandemic in the country. “That’s why we’ve been able to face it.”
Bangladesh has so far recorded 347,372 cases with 4,913 fatalities. The first cases were reported on March 8 and the first death on March 18. So far, 254,386 patients have recovered, pushing the recovery rate to 73.23 per cent.
Currently, there are 88,073 active cases in the country.
Globally, the coronavirus caseload reached 30,673,633 on Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) tally with 955,404 deaths.
Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic in March.
There is currently no vaccine for coronavirus but a number of promising candidates are in the final stage of trial.