People still laidback about face masks

Corona deaths, infection on the rise

Esaraf Hossain

20th March, 2021 11:11:00 printer

People still laidback about face masks

Death and infections from coronavirus are increasing in the country as people are continuously violating health guidelines in public places.

It has been observed that people are not wearing facemasks while visiting tourist spots and attending political programmes such as rallies and processions.

People are also visiting shopping malls and riding public transports without using facemask.

According to the health ministry, over 20 lakhs people have visited different tourist spots including Cox’s Bazaar sea beach, Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban and Sundarban during the recent holidays.

In most of the cases, the visitors ignored all the government declared health guidelines including using facemasks.

On Saturday, the country witnessed 26 deaths from the Covit-19 infection. According to the health authorities, 1,868 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours till Saturday.

In such a situation, the government is yet to take decision on whether to impose fresh lockdown amid resurgence of coronavirus cases in the country, Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said recently.

While briefing the reporters at the Krishibid Institute on Thursday, the minister said, "We are not thinking about a lockdown.”

As the number of coronavirus cases in the country has been on the rise, the health directorate held an emergency meeting on Mar 16 to find out ways for containing the spread of the virus.

The officials discussed strengthening of the rules of isolation for COVID patients, strict quarantine policy for people coming close to the patients, minimum 14-day quarantine for the travelers from abroad, and assistance from the armed forces to enforce these rules.

The possibility of a complete lockdown was also considered in the meeting.

On Wednesday, Khurshid Alam, DG of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said, “We also don't want anyone to die from the illness. For this reason, we have to comply with the health directives. I have instructed different districts officials to take necessary steps to ensure compliance with the rules.”

"We have also asked the hospitals to be prepared in this regard. But if everyone follows the health guidelines, I don't think we will require a lockdown," he said.

The daily death toll of coronavirus dropped below 5, but recently more than 20 patients have been dying every day.

Many experts fear that those, who are infected with the coronavirus, now have an increased risk of death, as the virus is mutating and getting stronger.

The South African strain has already been found in Bangladesh. In such case, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is said to be ineffective.

The type of coronavirus from London has also been detected in Bangladesh. The virus is highly contagious.

In this context, the law enforcing agencies are getting prepared to enforce law for compliance of health guidelines across the country.

Police personnel would go for the tough measures for compliance of health guidelines, police headquarters sources said.

On Thursday, the Inspector General (IG) of Police Benajir Ahmed said that the Bangladesh Police would carry out a motivational programme to control coronavirus situation from today (21 March) in compliance with the health rules.

Simultaneously, the IGP has instructed to run business and economic activities in accordance with health guidelines.

Everyone must wear mask to prevent coronavirus. No one should go out without wearing mask. If necessary, the police will distribute free masks, said the IGP.