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ED: A cause for alarm

  • Published at 04:54 am May 8th, 2021
Nepal
Photo: REUTERS

Take effective steps to ensure that the new virulent strains of coronavirus do not come into Bangladesh

While the government has listened to concerns and closed our border with India -- which is currently being devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic -- we must understand that the very nature of the virus is such that there are more ways than one in which it can re-enter our country.

The entirety of South Asia is being affected by the Indian strain, and a concerning example of this is Nepal, which is seeing an alarming rise in Covid-19 cases, now recording 57 times as many as it did a month ago.

This is just another reminder that battling the virus will require far more than singular decisions that only cater to one single aspect of transmission: Since we are continuing to have flights between Nepal, we must reconsider our approach to travel between our two nations, whether or not a closed border in this regard would be beneficial or, at the very least, ensure that passengers are being checked thoroughly.

Both Bangladesh and Nepal share a close friendship with many students from the country coming here to receive their education and, as a result, we must be extra cautious in order to ensure that the Indian strain does not find itself entering Bangladesh.

Latest news suggests that the new strain is east-bound, with eastern Indians states seeing a rise in the number of cases, which is deeply concerning.

Now is not the time to dilly-dally or get caught up in face-saving. This is the time for action. What should be done is clear: Take effective steps to ensure that the new virulent strains of coronavirus do not come into Bangladesh. Our hands are full, and we simply cannot afford the problem at hand to get more complicated. 

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