There is an alarming rise in occupancy of general and ICU beds in Covid-19 units and hospitals across the country, to the extent that hospitals are now overwhelmed with corona patients. This is mainly due to the fact that people have been found to be very reluctant to comply with the health safety directives of the government during the ongoing countrywide lockdown.
As a result of the recent surge in infections, the government has decided to prolong the ‘strict lockdown’ to August 10. We doubt that prolonging the so-called strict lockdown for a few more days will be of much help. If people continue to wantonly thwart the health protocols, lockdowns will not be very effective in reducing infections in the country. Rather, people have carried the virus from the cities to the villages when they went home during this lockdown period. What was needed was to prevent people from moving from one place to another carrying the virus and spreading it all over the countryside.
The current delta variant of Covid-19, which is fast spreading across the country, is many times more infectious and deadlier than the previous strains of the bug. Moreover, the delta variant is not affecting only a particular class of people; rather, now a large number of working class people and village folks are getting infected and rushing to the cities for treatment.
To stop spreading the delta variant, people must be prevented from travelling from one place to another within Bangladesh. Remember, humans are carriers of the deadly virus. Therefore, only stopping the movement of people within the country can prevent spreading delta any further.