Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reissued her call for added cautions against Covid-19 during the Eid-ul-Fitr, to make sure that the holy festival does not cause fresh surge while the nation struggles to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
"We will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, but must follow health safety rules. We all have to be careful so that the celebration won't cause fresh surge of coronavirus infection," she said during a nationwide televised address on the eve of the festival.
The premier urged countrymen to avoid usual social visits, particularly refrain from visiting relatives and neighbours, during the Eid -- warning that an infected person could remain asymptomatic.
Sheikh Hasina assured countrymen that everyone would be brought under vaccination programme as her government by now has contacted multiple sources to collect Covid-19 vaccines alongside taking measures to domestically co-produce the jabs with original manufactures.
The premier said the pandemic forced authorities to impose some restrictions like the previous year that required Eid jamaats to be held inside mosques instead of Eidgahs following strict health protocols that demand physical distancing.
"It is quite impossible to contain coronavirus without avoiding mass gatherings and that is why we were compelled to impose restrictions on public movement," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said all citizens on their part have a responsibility to support the government measures to contain the spread of coronavirus by following the health guidelines.
She said use of facemasks proved to be most effective to check the spread of Covid-19 and "all of you must wear masks when going outside".
The premier said the pandemic now exposed the affluent people to a social obligation and urged them to stand by their poorer neighbours, villagers and others in need at this difficult time.
"Your assistance will bring smiles on the faces of a family which make your Eid celebration complete," she said adding that standing by the people is someone's best duty as a human being and "we should not forget the duty".
In her address to the nation, the premier extended her gratitude to physicians, nurses, health workers, law enforcement agencies, armed forces, officials of the central and filed-level administration, journalists and people of other professions who have been working, risking their lives in their respective fields, in this pandemic-gripped situation.