Our actions up until this point have shown that we are not taking this pandemic seriously
This does not look good.
As of writing this editorial, Bangladesh has over 150,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with almost 2,000 confirmed deaths.
And, despite these numbers, despite the fact that our testing rate is lower than most countries and that our infection rates are much lower than what is the reality on the ground, despite the impending economic crisis that we might be facing and some are facing as we speak, our actions up until this point have shown that we are not taking this pandemic seriously.
As such, it should come as no surprise that we still have a long way to go before we hit the peak so that we can begin to flatten the curve.
In fact, according to a new projection by the Directorate General of Health Services and Institute of Health Economics, Bangladesh is set to hit a peak in the second half of July, with almost 300,000 cases -- double that of the number of cases we have right now. Other estimates say the peak could come much later.
This presents us with a grim future, one where it is too late for us to do anything and the virus has spread beyond our control. In such a future, our health sector is overwhelmed, and thousands of people are dying every day.
There is no doubt that this situation has come about as a result of mismanagement, incompetence, and negligence, leading to inaction and confusion -- a prime example of this is the commendable zonal lockdown plan, which is yet to be implemented.
We need better coordination amongst different departments within the government so that government officials have clear directives with regards to what must be done, so that we the citizens are not drowning in a sea of misinformation and doubt.
We are all in this together. Let us act like it.