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She said her government issued an 18-point directive to fight the Covid-19, adding, “InshaAllah, we will definitely be able to control the coronavirus if we maintain the health guidelines”.

The premier greeted all at home and abroad on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, the first Day of Bangla calendar, saying — “Shuvo Noboborsho” and also greeted all Muslims at the advent of the holy Ramadan.

But she urged all to celebrate the Pahela Baishakh festival at their own houses with their families unlike the usual manner to evade crowding in view of the deadly pandemic.

“So, we will enjoy the Pahela Baishakh staying at home as we did in the last year. We can enjoy the programmes at the television channels and digital media and we can also enjoy the moment with our family members at home,” she added.

Mentioning that the government has enforced a nonstop 62-day-long general holiday last year, the prime minister said reopening of educational institutions is yet to be possible alongside reestablishment of normal movement with foreign countries.

“Not only Bangladesh is facing this unwanted situation, all the countries of the world are also witnessing the surge of coronavirus infection and are being forced to take such measures,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the government is maintaining strong vigilance to protect human lives alongside keeping the country’s economy and people’s livelihood rolling.

“We’ve been able to tackle the impacts of the pandemic successfully last year because of taking some timely measures with the cooperation of all,” she noted.

Sheikh Hasina said the government is implementing its programmes in line with the four principles and has already announced a total of 23 stimulus packages of Taka 124,053 crore alongside taking initiative of maintaining uninterrupted output in the factories and boosting agriculture production.

Besides, a total of nearly 2.5 crore people including day labourers, transport workers, hawkers, rickshaw pullers, school and madrasa teachers, students, Imams and Muazzin along with people of other religious organizations, journalists and other low income people has been brought under the government’s assistance, she said.

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