The coronavirus situation is worsening daily across the country, with over 3,000 new cases being detected regularly. The death toll is also going up steadily. In the past 24 hours, the South Asian country of some 165 million population has recorded 33 fatalities and 3,163 new infections, as was announced by the country’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday. Experts fear the country may have to pay dearly if the trend continues.
Amid a spike in cases, Eid-ul-Azha is approaching fast. Normally at this period, the members of the country’s Muslim community are always in a rush to go to their village homes to celebrate their major religious festival with their near and dear ones. From the past experience of the Eid-ul-Fitr, it can be said that this time also thousands of people would probably head home flouting the social distancing norms and setting off fears of further spread of coronavirus. Previously, disregarding the instructions of the administration, the home-bound people even travelled on foot to their native villages. If they repeat their past mistakes this time too, then there will be a major risk of contracting coronavirus on a mass scale.In a bid to avert such disaster, the government has taken a wise decision asking its officials and employees to stay back to their respective workstations or headquarters during Eid holidays. The decision has been taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday. Later, the Ministry of Public Administration issued a gazette notification to this effect saying: “As the transmission of coronavirus is on the rise in the country, it is mandatory for officers and staff of all government offices to stay at their respective workplaces.”
It is evident from the notification that the government is determined to save the lives of the citizens by halting the spread of the bug. It has been manifested by another bold move taken by the authorities who did not extend the three-day Eid holidays which might spark criticism from the opposition bench. But, the timely decisions have been taken for public safety. The wise decisions of the pro-people establishment deserve praise.