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BNP doesn't think of crores of toiling masses: Hasan

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Turning down the BNP's allegation that the government is pushing the people towards death by relaxing lockdown, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Sunday said they (BNP) don't think of the wellbeing of crores of toiling masses.
"It seems that they (BNP) don't think about the crores of toiling masses . . . for that reason, they (BNP) can easily talk about shutting down of everything or even imposing curfew . . . We should think about the crores of working people," he told reporters at his office at the Secretariat here.
The minister said death rate in the country is less than in the USA, the European countries and even in neighbouring countries - India and Pakistan. This has only been possible for the pragmatic and time-befitting steps taken by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
In the United States, where healthcare and economic systems and management are much better, there about 6 percent of total diagnosed patients are dying, he said.
"The death rate in Belgium is 15 percent while 14 percent in Britain, 3.2 percent in India and over 2 percent in Pakistan. But the death rate in Bangladesh is 1.35 percent. The death rate could have increased, if the health service system was bad," said Hasan, also Awami League (AL) joint general secretary.
"I want to urge BNP leaders to look into the data on coronavirus situation of other countries even in India and Pakistan," he said.

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