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Foreign minister: Not thinking about lockdown now

Momen discourages travel through the Bangladesh-India border

Update : 09 Jan 2022, 03:25 PM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said the government is not thinking about lockdowns at this moment but will follow the same procedures keeping passengers limited in all types of transport.

“We’ll reduce the number of passengers everywhere that we did during the earlier period. We’ll follow the same procedures. We’re not thinking of lockdown. The good news is that the fatality rate due to Omicron is very low. So, we’re thinking of a lockdown,” he said.

The foreign minister said they would discourage travel through Bangladesh-India on health safety grounds.

"Even if there are travels through borders, there should be more health safety measures. Hopefully, we’ll be able to protect our people,” Dr Momen said.  

The foreign minister made the remarks while talking to reporters after the formal inauguration of booster Covid-19 vaccine doses for the diplomats stationed in Dhaka at Sheikh Russel Gastroliver Institute and Hospital.

Dr Momen said he was very delighted as they could arrange this special vaccination program for all the diplomats in Dhaka and their dependents. “Our program is an ongoing one.”

He said the government has got a lot of competencies in terms of vaccination though initially they had “some difficulties” in terms of vaccine supply.

“We’re very thankful that so many countries came forward and those countries have been donating vaccine doses under the Covax facility,” said the foreign minister.

He said they have plenty of vaccines’ supply and till now they have around 310 million vaccines lined up. “So, we are okay. Hopefully, we’ll provide vaccines to every individual.”

The government has a plan to cover 80% of people with Covid-19 vaccination including 12 years and plus students.

Talking about the booster vaccine doses the foreign minister said: “I’m so glad we could manage it. It has been possible because of our partnership and cooperation.”

He said this particular pandemic is such a thing that they cannot handle on their own. “We have to manage this challenge through partnership and collaboration. I’m very thankful that so many countries came forward to help us.”

Dr Momen said the government is trying its best but still has a long way to go as a new variant Omicron has emerged.

“So far we are okay but we must protect ourselves. I would ask everyone to maintain health and safety measures as much as you can,” he added.

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