They don’t give a damn!

Rise in corona deaths fail to deter people from venturing out

Special Correspondent

19th April, 2021 10:50:42 printer

They don’t give a damn!

People crowd Kazi Alauddin road in Old Dhaka on Monday, ignoring health guidelines amid the countrywide complete lockdown.

Common people, mostly lower-income group are not taking the sudden rise of coronavirus infection and its-infected deaths as serious at all.

Defying the on-going all out lockdown as well as rise of coronavirus outbreak, they are unnecessarily thronging on streets, footpaths, lane-by-lane and kitchen markets regularly.

Police said, people in large number are coming out their residents on lame excuse and rushing towards streets, footpaths and kitchen markets.

Someone comes out for buying, someone for office duty while someone comes out for only to have a look at the lockdown scenery.

Law enforcers are seemingly failing to tackle the stream of people and vehicles on streets. 

Private cars, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws, microbus and CNG-run auto-rickshaws and many motorcycles sharing rides on contract were seen plying the streets like the previous days.

Excepting passenger buses, all modes of small vehicles plied on different city-streets as usual on Monday.  

It appears that they have all but forgotten about the protective measures – wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands – that can keep the virus at bay.

Health rules were hardly maintained at the kitchen markets, while cars, rickshaws and autorickshaws moved around freely.

In some areas in the capital, severe traffic congestions were created on Monday, sixth day of the country-wide week-long lockdown.  

Police men on duty were seen only on lookers without taking any measures against the lockdown breakers.   

Witnesses said, although the number of vehicles on the city roads was less at the beginning of the lockdown, now all types of transport except buses can be seen.

Moreover, the movement of people has also increased on the street despite the government imposing strict restrictions on their movement with 11-point directives to curb the spread of Covid-19.

In some places, the police have to handle the traffic as usual. Even minor traffic jams were observed at some signals.

In the morning, heavy traffic was seen at important check posts in the city including Hatirjheel, Bijoy Sarani, and Notun Bazar. 

The presence of vehicles in Malibagh, Motijheel, Kakrail, Paltan and Shahbagh areas was also much higher than the past few days.

At the beginning of the lockdown, rickshaws and CNG-run auto-rickshaws were seen transporting one passenger at a time. However, now they are transporting two to three people. 

A police officer on duty at the Rampura Bridge section of Hatirjheel said: "Whoever we stop falls under the 18 conditions of the government notification and we cannot take any action. That is why the traffic pressure is high.”