by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
The number of pedestrians as well as private vehicles has gone up on the streets in the capital, Dhaka, on Monday, the fourth day of strict nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the surge in the novel coronavirus.
Members of the law enforcement agencies are struggling to prevent the people not to crowd on the streets on the one hand while the hospitals in Dhaka and elsewhere were stressed to cope with the rising number of Covid-19 patients.
The government Friday reimposed its anti-coronavirus shutdown for two weeks to stem the tide of infections and deaths from the virus after a nine-day recess that allowed Muslims to celebrate the Eid-al-Adha festival.
Public health experts had, however, expressed concern that the number of infections might have surged if the previously imposed restrictions are lifted.
The South Asian nation on July 13 relaxed the restrictions, which was imposed on July 1 counter a surge in coronavirus cases, allowing tens of thousands of people to leave the major cities for their home villages to celebrate the festival.
Many of them, however, returned in crowded buses and ferries. Bangladesh has been registering average infections of nearly 11,000 and more than 200 deaths per day for nearly two weeks, and there has been hardly any sign that the rate of infections are drastically reduced.
People’s movement on the main streets were less in the first three days. But the lanes and by lanes were seen crowded. And on the fourth day the number is even higher. The pedestrians and those who are on the vehicles show various excuses for not obeying the government instruction of staying indoors.
The government instructed the offices, transportations, factories and shopping malls will be shut until August 5. The emergency services are excluded. But many were seen kept open their shops at different localities.
“We can hardly do anything, if the people are not aware about it,” said police officer Devraj Chakrawarti.
Bangladesh has so far reported nearly 1.17 million cases and 19,274 deaths since the virus was emerged in March last year.