Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s announcement that Bangladesh is ready to face-off a possible “second wave” of COVID-19 as the winter arrives indeed makes us feel confident that no lives will be lost if the pandemic returns.
She also appealed to all to abide by the health guidelines to save themselves if the deadly virus returns as it has in Europe, where COVID-19 has attacked with new strength.
All of us should pay heed to the premier’s words as staying safe from the virus greatly depends on an individual and the government can do little if the people are not conscious about the health guidelines.
In the countryside, residents have apparently fought off the virus as hardly any guideline is being followed in those parts of the country where life is now normal.
The Health Directorate and others involved in containing the virus must immediately start a strong awareness campaign again in the countryside, besides in the cities. Let us not wait.
Bangladesh has so far listed a total 404,760 coronavirus cases and 5,886 deaths from the virus since 8 March this year.
By the grace of Almighty Allah, Bangladesh counted a lesser number of cases and deaths compared to many developed countries with modern health facilities. The number of new cases and deaths has also come down now to our great relief. It is time again to gear up to ensure that COVID-19 stays away from Bangladesh even in the coming winter season when the “second wave” is feared to hit this part of the world.