There could be a surge in Covid cases following Eid festivities
It is encouraging to see that the number of deaths from the second wave of Covid-19 have been going down. Experts agree that the lockdowns were the principal reason to contain the spread of the virus, and credit once again must be given to the government for taking the difficult but timely decision.
However, to become complacent now would be a grave error. Bangladesh as a nation can’t afford the scale of atrocity that is going on across the world, especially in our neighbouring country of India, and any misstep could threaten all the progress we have made as a result of the lockdowns.
Health experts have already raised alarm bells with regard to allowing shopping malls to operate, with people crowding these establishments as they shop for Eid, and with there being talk of lifting restrictions on public transportation, the government would do well to heed the advice of the health experts instead of making hasty decisions.
The people too will continue to have a significant role to play, and in addition to the government becoming more diligent in enforcing safety regulations, the general public must exercise their civic responsibility and show better judgment, instead of apathy and disregard.
Experts fear that, should we fail to show urgency, there could be a surge in Covid cases following Eid festivities, and we may even enter a third wave.
This is a reality nobody wants to see and therefore, the government must continue to take tough decisions for the greater good of the country and its people, and continue to listen to the experts to aid in decision making.