Sunday, 17 October, 2021

Emulate Delhi’s mask wearing practice

Coronavirus situation has improved remarkably in India following a massive vaccination campaign and strict adherence to maintaining health guidelines. But still, unlike ours, Indians are not letting their guards down. Our New Delhi correspondent filed a report informing that people are not allowed to enter public places without masks and if anyone is found without a mask, he or she has to pay minimum Rs 2,000 in fine immediately. People are bound to wear masks whether they are staying in cars, buses or metro services. Even CCTV cameras, which are usually used for checking traffic rules violations, are being used to monitor whether the commuters are using facemasks or not.

The capital Delhi and most of the metropolitan cities and several state governments have made it mandatory to use masks. The Delhi High Court also said that wearing a mask is compulsory even if a person is driving alone or sitting inside a private vehicle. Strict directive and enforcement of the same has gone a long way in making people follow Covid-19 related health guidelines. Expressing satisfaction over the issue Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Covid-19 cases have subsided but still the virus cannot be taken lightly.

The pandemic situation has improved in Bangladesh too following several rounds of lockdowns and the government’s massive vaccination campaign. On Monday Bangladesh reported 26 deaths and 1555 infections from coronavirus, which is the lowest in around four months. But compared to the Indians, most Bangladeshis have become reckless once again as far as mask wearing and maintaining physical distancing is concerned.

Of late, as the pandemic situation improved schools and colleges have been reopened after around 18 months. But worryingly it is being observed that while students are wearing masks, their guardians are not while crowding in front of school compounds. It is as if the guardians are immune to the virus. Not only some of the guardians,many people commuting on the roads are also seen avoiding masks. It is astonishing how fast we can forget the disastrous consequences of the virus.

However, the question is if the people in Delhi do wear masks religiously, why the people in Dhaka don’t? The government in Bangladesh has also made it mandatory and fined people on several occasions for violating health guidelines. But nearly all efforts in this regard have mostly gone in vain. Perhaps the administration in Dhaka was not tough enough. So, isn’t it time for Dhaka to follow Delhi’s example in making people abide by health guidelines?