Lockdown relaxed amid high risk of coronavirus infection
With the coronavirus infection increasing drastically and a new record of the highest number of Covid-19 detection the government decided to relax lockdown to keep the country's economic wheel moving.
With the decision of relaxing the restriction on movement and allowing transport operation on limited scale, the country is moving towards a disaster, according to the health experts.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services, Bangladesh made a new record of detecting Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours as of Thursday.
At a briefing on May 28 Acting Director General of the DGHS Nasima Sultana said a total of 2,029 corona patients had been detected in 9310 samples while 15 more people had died.
The figure of the detection of corona patients is the highest in Bangladesh in a single day taking the number of total detection in the country to 40,321. The number of total deaths now stands at 559.
A statistic says that the percentage of affected patients in Bangladesh is increasing and new records are being made every day.
On May 22, the number of infected people was 1,694, it was 1,873 on May 23, 1,532 on May 24, 1,975 on May 25, 1,166 on May 26, 1,541 on May 27and 2029 on May 28, the highest from the beginning on March 8 in Bangladesh.
Of the total 40,321 infection, 11,810 have been recorded in only the last seven days (from May 22 to 28).
Around 29.3 percent of the total Covid-19 patients have been detected in only seven days. The number of deaths was 24 on May 22, 20 on May 23, 28 on May 24, 21 on May 25, 21 on May 26, 22 on May 27 and 15 on May 28.
A total of 151 patients have lost their lives in only seven days. Around 27 percent of the total deaths were recorded in only last seven days.
Earlier, while addressing the nation last Sunday on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave announcement of relaxing the lockdown and restarting economic activities for the sake of the lives and livelihoods of people.
"Most of the countries of the world have already been compelled to relax shutdown because it is not possible to restrict people's source of income for an indefinite period. And it is not at all possible for a developing country like Bangladesh too," she said.
In the meantime, the Cabinet Division issued a gazette notification in this regard on Thursday. The directives will remain in force until June 15.
According to the gazette notification, all public, private and autonomous offices can resume operations on a limited scale from May 31 to June 15 but everyone has to follow the 13-point health directives issued earlier by the Heath Services Division.
Public transports on roads and waterways as well as trains can operate with limited passengers from May 31
Syed Manjurul Islam, an educationist, said, "If public transport is reopened, the coronavirus will spread across the country like mobile transmission through public transport. I don't think there is any chance of relaxing the lockdown now. Relaxing the lockdown will be a suicidal decision."
However, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said relaxing the shutdown didn't mean anybody could move around unnecessarily and hold public gatherings.
Urging people to stay home as long as possible, he said the nations across the world are fighting against ther invisible virus.
"Everyone has to think that we are living in a developing country, we have to protect both life and livelihood," he added.