Health guidelines largely ignored

Special Correspondent

26 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Although the numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths are increasing by leaps and bounds in the country, health guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks, are being ignored everywhere.

A strict lockdown was declared by the government in many coronavirus hotspots, especially the surrounding districts of the capital, to tackle the surge of the virus. But the sign of its execution is almost absent there.

The government has cut off the Dhaka’s road, rail and waterway links with its corona infected adjoining districts, including Narayanganj, Gazipur, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Madaripur and Faridpur.

Though the long-distance buses remained off the roads, people in large number are entering the capital in alternative way. Simultaneously, they are also leaving the capital in other small vehicles, including private cars, microbuses and even rooftops of the goods-carrying trucks.

Common people, mostly low-income groups, are not taking the sudden rise of coronavirus infection and deaths seriously.

Defying the ongoing all out lockdown as well as rise of coronavirus outbreak, they are unnecessarily thronging 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.

Law enforcers are seemingly failing to tackle the stream of people and vehicles at different city entry and exit points.

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

People were seen rushing towards shopping malls in private cars, rickshaws, three-wheelers, and even pickup trucks.

As the coronavirus pandemic keeps worsening in the country, the government claims to be all set to announce a nationwide complete shutdown to check further transmission of Covid-19.

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain on Thursday evening told the media that the authorities might impose the shutdown any time, the move being tougher than that of last year.

Earlier in the day, the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19 recommended imposing what it called a nationwide shutdown for two weeks.

The recommendation has been made as the pool of experts is convinced that the worsening situation cannot be controlled without a nationwide shutdown.

Later in the day, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told the media that the government was observing the situation and working accordingly.

“We have taken necessary preparations as we are assuming that we need to take such measures onwards,” he added, hinting at the calls for shutdown.

The state minister said a lockdown had already been imposed in seven districts around and near Dhaka with the situation steadily deteriorating in the border areas.

The country recorded 108 deaths from the deadly disease in the 24 hours till Friday morning.