The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting almost every country in the world and has resulted in health, economic, and humanitarian crises. In Bangladesh, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research reported the first three cases of COVID-19 in March 2020. As of 7 February 2021, 538,062 cases and 8,205 COVID-19 related-deaths have been reported in Bangladesh. Almost all sectors in Bangladesh are affected, either directly or indirectly, by the pandemic.
In October 2020, the Government of Australia released the Bangladesh COVID-19 Development Response Plan with a focus on long-term economic growth, underpinned by inclusive education, skills development, and private sector engagement. The Plan highlighted Australia’s response to COVID-19 in Bangladesh and identified health security, stability, and economic recovery as the priority areas of support.