NTAC recommends stopping social gatherings to contain Covid-19

A ferry with migrant workers arrive at the Mawa Ferry Ghat as they are heading to Dhaka after government has eased restriction on garment factories and some other sectors amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, 30 April 2020.Reuters

The National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19 recommended stopping all types of social, religious and political gatherings to contain the transmission of the virus, reports UNB.

The recommendation was made at the 50th meeting of the committee on Friday, said a press release signed by Mohammad Shahidullah, president of the NTAC.

The committee also expressed deep concern over the recent surge of Covid-19 cases across the world, including Bangladesh.

It also suggested all to take steps to stop public gatherings, meetings and rallies to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Online meetings could be arranged instead of in-presence meetings, the committee said.

It also recommended strengthening screening, quarantine and isolation at all entry points of the country. They also stressed on vaccinate all the students as soon as possible.

It said use of face masks and maintaining social distance should be made mandatory.

There should be better treatment arrangements at hospitals in case of Covid-19 emergence, reads the press release.

In case of emergency, the NTAC also recommended taking legal measures such as mobile courts to implement the guidelines.