ASIA/BANGLADESH - Cardinal D'Rozario: "Let us collaborate with the government to overcome the coronavirus pandemic"

Friday, 27 March 2020 coronavirus   local churches   faith   healthcare   pandemic  

Dhaka (Agenzia Fides) - Being faithful collaborators of the government to overcome the coronavirus pandemic. This is what Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario, Archbishop of Dhaka has asked the faithful, who in a video message sent to Fides said: "Beloved faithful, we are facing outbreaks of coronavirus. Let us stay home and think about others. We are going through a difficult time. In this situation, a question may arise: why this coronavirus pandemic?".
The Cardinal, who is also president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh (CBCP), says: "We are not just human beings. We believe in Christ. So, in the most difficult times, we try to be children of God. The government is giving us guidelines in this difficult coronavirus situation. I humbly ask all the faithful: let us follow the guidelines that the government and the Church give us".
The CBCB published a notice in the Catholic weekly "Pratibeshi", reiterating the necessary precautions and informing that Holy Week liturgies could take place online this year. Some parishes have already started offering mass on Facebook live. Priests celebrate in church, since the government has ordered not to gather in public.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in a speech to the nation that the government was ready to face any "difficult situation" in view of the global coronavirus pandemic and asked all citizens to help control the coronavirus, following the guidelines given. Hasina reiterated the invitation to "stay home" and addressing every Bengali said: "Mindfulness and personal responsibility will protect you, your family and the people". Preventing the spread of the infection is now the "top priority", he explained
In Bangladesh, five people have died and 44 people have been infected. The government has urged the population to stay home until April 4th. (FC-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 27/3/2020)