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Coronavirus: Inform police before distributing relief, services

  • Published at 04:00 pm April 2nd, 2020
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BRAC Urban Development Programme (UDP) distributes essential food package on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Courtesy

Amidst a government-enforced soft shutdown, the poor and underprivileged are suffering most in absence of work

Police and authorities must be informed in advance before providing any kind of relief material and services.

Md Sohel Rana, assistant inspector general (AIG-media) of Police Headquarters, on Thursday said that in the current Covid-19 situation, many are standing beside the general people with necessary services and help. Many service organizations are also helping them.

In many cases, people are engaging and gathering while distributing food and services. Due to this, the directive of social distancing is not being followed properly, which is extremely risky in the present context, he furthered.

Therefore, the police and authorities must be informed in advance with respect to providing any necessary assistance, he further said.

The government since March 26 has enforced a soft shutdown to enforce social distancing and prevent a further spread of the novel coronavirus, by restricting all types of movement across the country.

The Public Administration Minister had issued a gazette on Wednesday, announcing the government’s decision to extend the public holiday, which was supposed to end on April 4, until April 11.

The gazette noted that the shutdown order would not apply to emergency services, including electricity, water, gas, fire services, cleaning activities, telephone and internet. The ministry on Thursday also included newspapers and fuel in this category.

Amidst the shutdown, the poor and underprivileged of the city are suffering most, in absence of work. Many organizations, both public and private, however, have come forward to help them with relief materials and food.

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