Don’t panic, stay alert: Govt about coronavirus


Dhaka, Mar 08: The government on Sunday asked people not to panic but remain careful to stay safe from coronavirus as it entered the country.It also advised people to consult physicians if in any symptoms of coronavirus such as fever, throat-ache, dry cough, breathing complications  are seen among them, said a PID handout.

It also asked people to use mask in crowded places and avoid the contact of pets.

Besides, people have been asked to keep their houses clean and wash their hands after reaching home from outside and take boiled food.

For any suspected case of coronavirus, people have been advised to contact the control room of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) through hotline numbers—01937110011, 019370009111, 01927711784, 01927711785.

The government also asked people to inform the Press Information Department newsroom if any fake news about coronavirus is found on social networking sites. The numbers are 9512246, 9514988, 01715255765, 01716800008 or emailed at

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also asked all to follow the directives of the health ministry instead of getting panicked about the coronavirus as the government has the capability to face it.

“Please follow the directives of the health ministry regarding the precautionary measures to face coronavirus,” she said while speaking at the inaugural function of the International Women’s Day at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium on Sunday.

The premier simultaneously asked all not to get panicked about the coronavirus as the government has the capability to face it.

Noting that coronavirus has appeared as a global concern, she said, “We are monitoring the matter round-the-clock and taking appropriate measures to address any kind of problem in this regard.”

The prime minister, however, said currently many countries are suffering from economic losses due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus was first reported in China’s Wuhan and now it has spread in more than 90 countries.

It has infected more than 100,000 people and killed over 3,400 while half of the infected people have so far recovered.