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HC seeks info on govt steps for prevention

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

Amid global concern over coronavirus outbreak, the High Court (HC) yesterday wanted to know the steps taken by the government to prevent the outbreak in the country. The HC bench asked the director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to submit a report before it on three categories over the matter by Monday. The director general is asked to inform the court whether the government has provided adequate equipments to prevent a coronavirus outbreak and test people for it at the ports in the country. The government has been asked to import adequate test equipments immediately, if the equipments are not sufficient in the

health department. The government is also asked to inform whether expert doctors have been examining foreigners while they were entering the country through airports, land ports and seaports. The HC bench also asked the government to inform whether it has taken steps to spread awareness among people about the virus.

The government has been asked to take steps for keeping special cabins in all hospitals and providing adequate equipments to provide treatment to the patients, if there is any detected.

The HC bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the directives in a suo moto move, following a news report published in a national daily over the risk of coronavirus outbreak in the country. Advocate Ishrat Hasan, a lawyer of the Supreme Court, placed the newspaper report before the HC bench for necessary order.

Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Abdullah-Al-Mahmud Bashar told reporters the HC bench came up with the orders when a Supreme Court lawyer brought a newspaper report before the HC saying that Bangladesh is in high risk of coronavirus outbreak.

Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) on March 4 warned that Bangladesh is at high risk of getting affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Coronavirus infection has spread to nearly 80 countries including China. So, no country, including Bangladesh, is free from the risk of getting affected,” IEDCR Director Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora said at a press briefing. The United States and China also voiced concerns over Bangladesh as it is at high risk of coronavirus spread, which so far affected 80 countries including neighbouring India, killing more than 3,000 people globally and infecting over 90,000 people.

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