A strict two to three-week lockdown would go a long way towards protecting the health of the nation
While it was troubling to see people leave the capital without maintaining any health directives, least of all social distancing, in the midst of a global pandemic that is devastating nations across the world, including our own, it has been doubly troubling to see the same thing happen as people make their way back into the city after the Eid holidays.
The lockdown so far, while a welcome initiative, has not been implemented to the level necessary to ensure that we can fight back against the coronavirus.
While it is true that a lockdown has severe implications for the economy, putting hundreds of thousands of people who are a part of the informal economy out of work, it is also true that Bangladesh has recently experienced a devastating rise in the number of people dying as a result of Covid-19.
Most recently, with the discovery of the Indian strain within our borders, a strain which has proven to be especially lethal, it is imperative that we implement a strict lockdown that ensures that the spread of the virus is stopped, once and for all.
This may indeed be our only chance to do so: Right after Eid, with many people still outside of the capital and in less congested areas, in addition to the post-Eid work being comparatively less intense, a strict two to three-week lockdown would go a long way towards protecting the health of the nation.
No matter how important an organization’s work might be, it cannot be as important as an individual’s life. It is high time we understood that, and took steps accordingly to ensure that the spread of Covid-19 within our borders and especially in our cities, where it spreads faster due to the increased population size, is truly brought to an end.