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26 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Keep calm as difficult times to pass

China envoy writes to Bangladeshi students
UNB, Dhaka

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh in Dhaka Li Jiming urged Bangladeshi students in China to have faith, keep calm and stay strong, noting that “winter will pass, and spring is sure to come”.

 “So far, no Bangladeshi student in China has been infected, nor anyone in Bangladesh. It's a hard-earned record, and in order to keep it your contribution would be essential,” said the Ambassador in a recent letter to Bangladeshi students.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said no coronavirus case has yet been detected in Bangladesh which is good for the country.

He revealed this while receiving coronavirus kits from the Chinese ambassador at a programme at the Secretariat in the capital yesterday.

 “Our medical teams are working at all the airports and land ports to screen those coming from abroad to prevent the entry of the virus into the country,” he said while talking to reporters after receiving 500 ‘Real-time PCR kits’ donated by the Chinese government to detect coronavirus.

The ambassador also handed over the kits to the minister.

 After receiving the kits, Zahid Maleque said, “The Bangladesh government has donated some medical equipment to China as a goodwill gesture and the Chinese government, in return, has donated the kits to detect coronavirus.”

 Some 80,000 people have so far been affected by coronavirus in different countries, including China, while some 2,618 have died of the virus, he said.   “Over 3 lakh people, coming from different countries, went through thermal screening but no-one was tested coronavirus positive,” the minister said, adding that they have all-out preparations to tackle any situation.

 Meanwhile, Ambassador Jiming said epidemic may isolate them physically, but it does not cut off communication or love. “We’re all in this battle together. And this is a battle we’re well-poised to win.” The Ambassador said the number of daily cured patients first exceeded that of the confirmed cases while the total number of cured cases is over 20,000 and climbing. “Most of all, it is such a relief for all the people who care about you to see that you’re under care and protection in your campus in China.”

While it is perfectly understandable to feel the desire to come back home, he said, young Bangladeshis who are among the most outstanding ones in their generation, could easily tell, with their sharp sense of judgment, that it is the best option right now to stay in China for the safety of them and their loved ones back home even if it means a small sacrifice on students’ part.

“I would confidently rely on you to make the most sensible decision, and sincerely believe that as a member of the Bengali nation, you will not put your country and your people at risk, however small the possibility might be,” Jiming said.

 

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