Coronavirus infection may increase again in the country in early June. Health experts fear that if the Indian variant of the corona spreads, the situation could be similar to that in Nepal. They also suggested keeping the border closed until the situation in India returns to normal. They say that the Indian type is spreading panic all over the world. The situation in Bangladesh could be dire if we do not take precautionary measures as it is a neighboring country. As has been the case in Nepal. Even a few days ago, the situation in Nepal was good. But suddenly the situation deteriorated. Meanwhile, the lockdown may increase for another week after Eid.
For some time, the government and health experts have been warning about the Indian variant of Corona. It was said that the danger would be much greater if this variant entered the country. By the way, the Indian variant has already entered the country. It has also increased anxiety. The whole country will have to face a dire situation if this Indian variant spreads in the way that people are flocking to the market for Eid shopping in the last few days without following the rules of hygiene.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Md. Sharfuddin Ahmed said, ‘The Indian variant of coronavirus spread very fast. One to 400 people can be infected. If this variant spreads in the country, a terrible situation will arise. Then it will be difficult to handle ‘.
Calling on all to be aware to prevent the spread of the disease, he said, “As per the instructions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, celebrate Eid this year wherever you are.” Even in the present situation, it would not be right to go to the house of a relative for a feast. Everyone must adhere to all kinds of hygiene rules, including getting vaccinated quickly, wearing two masks if necessary, and maintaining social distance.
Health experts say a limited number of people coming to Bangladesh from India have to stay in quarantine for 14 days. A few more days after Eid, vehicles, government-private offices-courts will have to ensure half the staff. Besides, social, cultural, political or religious gatherings should be stopped. Strictly everyone has to follow the hygiene rules. Everyone must wear a mask even if they are vaccinated. Only then can the situation be controlled.
In this context, the President of the National Technical Advisory Committee, Prof. Mohammad Sahidullah said, ‘If the Indian variant spreads in Bangladesh, the third wave of Corona may come in June. The second wave that has been reduced can take the uterus again. That’s why we have to keep the border closed for a few more days. ”
Brigadier General AKM Nasir Uddin, Director, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Corona Hospital, said, We have Eid ahead, there are different festivals, they are definitely important. But they certainly cannot be more important than life. There is no doubt that the number of infections will definitely increase after seven to 10 days of Eid. If it, unfortunately, connects with the variants of the country next to us, it will be a huge disaster. We all have to take care of this. ‘
Although coronavirus infection is more prevalent in big cities of the country including Dhaka and Chittagong, he also expressed concern that the virus infection will increase in rural and loose ball cities after Eid.
Advice to hold Eid Jamaat in open space: Meanwhile, the Department of Health has urged the concerned quarters to hold Eid Jamaat in open space. Additional Director General (Planning) of the Department of Health Mirzadi Sebrina Flora said, ‘We want to enjoy many more Eids in life. But we are not in the normal situation now. So if we observe the Eid that has come to the fore in this unusual situation in a limited way at home, then we will have the opportunity to enjoy many more Eids in our life. Otherwise, the way the infection spreads, the developed country will not be able to take the pressure of the patient. But there will always be a limit to the country’s preparations. We have to pay attention so that the number of patients does not increase in any way. I urge you to stop this Eid journey and focus on celebrating Eid from home. ‘
He said, “I am drawing the attention of the public and the concerned scholars of the mosque to see how the Eid Jamaat can be organized in a limited open space in compliance with the hygiene rules.” I am asking you to organize Eid Jamaat in an alternative way. One of our post-Eid Jamaat rituals is hugging or shaking hands. That is also the reason for the spread of the infection. So in this case, we should not hug or shake hands during Eid, we should take care of that. ‘
Meanwhile, on April 26, the Ministry of Religion issued an order that this time Eid prayers should be offered in the mosque. Like last year, they requested for Eid Jamaat to be held in the nearest mosque instead of Edgar or open space. According to the Ministry of Religion, it is very important to follow the hygiene rules in the current situation. Besides, some instructions have been issued for performing prayers in the mosque. The Islamic Shari’ah encourages the congregation to observe Eid al-Fitr in the Edgar or in the open.
Lockdown may increase one week after Eid: There are plans to extend the ongoing lockdown after Eid-ul-Fitr to prevent an Indian variant of coronavirus in the country. State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said the decision would be announced on May 16. The Minister of State for Public Administration informed the media yesterday. “We have plans to extend the lockdown by another week to prevent the spread of corona,” he said. Indian variants have been found in the country. It could put you at risk. ‘The state minister for public administration said,’ We all have to wear masks. It is safe to wear a mask, and it is dangerous not to wear one.
It is to be noted that lockdown has been going on in the country since April 5 to prevent corona infection. Launches, trains, and long-distance buses have been shut down on Eid due to the corona.