Bangladesh capable of facing coronavirus: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. File photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged people of the country to not worry about coronavirus, as Bangladesh is "capable of facing the disease".

"Inshallah, we have enough capability (to tackle coronavirus) and we'll do that. There's nothing to worry about," she said while inaugurating an event marking International Women's Day at Osmani Memorial Auditorium.

She said the government is monitoring the situation round the clock and will take immediate appropriate steps if any problem arises.

Everyone has to ensure personal hygiene and follow the instructions of health ministry, she said.

In this connection Sheikh Hasina said that health ministry is issuing their instructions daily regarding the coronavirus.

"I will request all to follow those instructions," she added.

The prime minister urged all to generate awareness about coronavirus. 

She also said that due to coronavirus, countries across the globe are facing economic hardship.

Coronavirus, which was first reported in China's Wuhan, has infected more than 100,000 people and killed over 3,400 people. The virus has emerged in more than 90 countries but more than half of those who contracted the virus have now recovered. It is retreating in China and in nearby South Korea.