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08:20 PM, March 11, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:22 PM, March 11, 2021

Remain alert as Covid-19 infection rising: Health minister

Stresses maintaining social distancing rules, wearing mask

Health Minister Zahid Maleque has urged the people to be aware as Covid-19 infection rate is increasing again.

"Lately, the rate of infection has increased. The situation will deteriorate if we don't wear masks and maintain social distancing rules," he told reporters today after an event at the National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital in the capital.

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Maleque expressed concerns over people visiting tourist spots and arranging social events without maintaining any health protocols. He said that the government is prepared to tackle any situation and has sent administrative instructions across the country to avoid public gatherings, ensure the use of masks and vaccination.

"No one should think they are immune from coronavirus after taking the first dose of vaccine. It's only after the second dose that the vaccine starts becoming effective," he added.

Maleque said the health department is working to bring 80 per cent of the country's population under vaccination in phases.

The minister also said the government plans to vaccinate teachers, staff and students before the educational institutions reopen in late March.

The third shipment of the vaccine purchased from the Serum Institute of India will arrive this month, he said.

Moreover, 10.09 million doses of Covax are expected to arrive in phases by June.


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