Celebrate Eid where you are

8 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

That 41 persons died of Covid-19 on Thursday in the country came as a matter of relief for the people because it was the lowest daily death figure recorded in the last five weeks. This has been possible due to the positive measures, including a continued lockdown, that have been taken by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus. But, the positive trend must have to be sustained at any cost so that the virus does not come back with its full fury.

Eid-ul-Fitr is going to be celebrated soon, with less than a week left. During this period, the city residents usually rush to their village homes in different districts to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones. In their desperation, they are found to ignore the social distancing norms and other safety rules, exposing themselves to the danger of being infected by the lethal virus. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has time and again reiterated that people’s safety and health are her first priority. This time also, she did not shrink back from her responsibility. Urging all to extend their helping hands in this regard, she specially asked the people belonging to the Muslim community to celebrate their upcoming festival at their present locations.

Aiming to curb the spread of Covid-19, the government has already imposed restrictions on the movement of people and public transport. It has slapped a ban on leaving work stations to check the mad rush of holidaymakers. Public transport, including buses and minibuses, are now operating inside the territory of each district. In such a situation, travelling will be full of hassle for home-bound passengers. So, this time, they are not likely to take the risk of indirect travelling along with their family members. However, the bustles of the capital city have come down relatively as lots of people have already gone to their village homes. So, the rush of holidaymakers might not be that much in the coming days. We hope that this time people would celebrate Eid at their present locations, as the PM asked, if even in isolation from their loved ones to avoid further complication of the pandemic situation. We are also optimistic about gradual fall in corona mortality and infection rates.