If necessary, inter-district bus services to be shut down: Quader

DHAKA, Awami League General Secretary and Road

Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said if necessary, steps

will be taken to shut down the inter-district bus services aiming to contain

the spread of deadly coronavirus.

“Bus owners are frustrated as passengers have drastically declined…if

necessary, steps will be taken to shut down the inter-district bus services

to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” he said while addressing a press

briefing on contemporary affairs at the Secretariat here.

Replying to a question, Quader said: “The lives of people must be

protected from coronavirus. We will do everything necessary to this end. If

required, some areas of the country will be shut down.”

Terming the coronavirus as a deadly one, he said the strength of Bangalees

are stronger than the virus and “We hope that we would be able to defeat it

together.”

The AL general secretary said the government has decided that nobody would

be allowed holding meetings or rallies in the country due to coronavirus.

“We celebrated the inaugural function of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary celebration in a limited way. There

was supposed to be a huge gathering in Tongipara but the presence of people

was very limited. We will carefully tackle the coronavirus,” he added.

Noting that coronavirus is a common enemy, Quader urged all to be united to

fight the deadly virus, reaching above all the political thoughts.

As per the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said, all

necessary medical equipment, including masks, medicines and kits, will be

supplied to hospitals.

Calling upon all not to do politics over coronavirus, the AL general

secretary said the World Health Organization (WHO) has given emphasis on test

and “we will follow the WHO’s guidelines”.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)