Is Bangladesh afraid of Corona?

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The whole world is going through a devastating situation because of the havoc created by the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, as it is named, in more than 180 countries. Thousands of people are dying everyday all over the world. Although the outbreak of the virus began in China, it has now spread and taken a serious turn in Italy and Spain killing more than 11,000 people. The numbers are increasing each day. When COVID-19 first broke out in Wuhan City (China), its government took serious steps in locking down the whole city. All sorts of communication were cut off within the entire country. When the virus broke out in other countries, their government also took it seriously and kept the countries under lockdown.

Let’s talk about the countries of the Indian Sub-continent which include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives.  If we take a look at the chart below, we can see that Pakistan and India are the most affected out of the seven. The government of both the countries have closed their borders, stopped all internal and external flights and imposed lockdown starting in the middle of this month. Sri Lankan government has also imposed lockdown to keep the virus from spreading. Although Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal are the least affected countries with a very few cases, their governments have also given importance to locking down the whole country.

Now let’s see what is going on in Bangladesh. The government has already imposed a lockdown throughout the country from today. It’s quite late to impose a lockdown when most of the countries have done it earlier; but “better late than never”. It has been strictly prohibited by the government that people should not go outside their homes during this lockdown, unless it is very urgent. However, we can clearly see that people are not following the orders and rules imposed by the government. Many people can be seen roaming around the streets, making crowd or even playing sports and that too without wearing masks or gloves. In the beginning itself, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has informed everyone that it is very important to wear masks while going out and wash hands frequently. Well, most of us are not following these instructions. Many people have left Dhaka for home as they have got off from work. Some are even indulging themselves into recreation like visiting sea-beaches as if they have got a long vacation. This has resulted in major gatherings in the already bustling bus stands, railway stations and internal water terminals (launch-ferry ghats). They are acting indifferent to the fact that they should refrain themselves from public or social gatherings; if one of them carries the virus, all the others will get exposed to it and the possibility of mass infection is highly likely which in turn, will infect their family members after reaching home.

I just do not understand what it takes for people to follow these simple instructions. You stay at home and do not go outside. You might think that the number of infected people in Bangladesh is very less compared to other countries. Well let’s take a look at the chart again. The highest number of infected people is found in Pakistan and the lowest in Bhutan. The highest number of deaths is in India while countries like Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka do not have any casualties. But if we observe the fatality rate then the situation changes immediately. You can see that Bangladesh stands in the 3rd position out of the three countries having deaths due to COVID-19 and is having the highest fatality rate with 11.36%! This means 1 in every 9 (approx.) people is dying because of this virus and mostly for not having any seriousness towards this situation. This is not the only case; there are still people kept in institutional quarantine and isolation unit whoever is suspected to have the slightest trace of COVID-19 in them.

We have already known from the news that initially 3 people were diagnosed with this virus; 2 of them came from Italy and one is a family member of the other. If the government stopped the air services that time itself, the virus might not have infected others in the country. But people kept on coming back home from overseas and did not follow the instructions of maintaining home quarantine for 14 days. They just acted irresponsibly, visiting their neighbours and relatives, and kept on spreading the virus.

There is still time to protect yourself and your loved ones from this deadly virus. Just do not go outside! Stay at home! Eat, Sleep and Repeat!!! I guess everyone have heard their mom telling them as a kid “যদি না ঘুমাও তাহলে ভূতে ধরবে – If you do not sleep, the ghost will haunt you.” It’s time we should change it to “যদি না ঘুমাও তাহলে করোনাভাইরাসে ধরবে – If you do not sleep, Coronavirus will hunt you.

Country Population Total Cases Deaths Recoveries Active Cases Fatality Rate Recovery Rate
Maldives 436,330 13 0   8 5 0.00% 61.54%
Pakistan 197,000,000 1,106 8 21 1,077 0.72% 1.90%
India 1,339,000,000 649 13 43 593 2.00% 6.63%
Bangladesh 164,700,000 44 5 11 28 11.36% 25.00%
Nepal 29,300,000 3 0 1 2 0.00% 33.33%
Bhutan 807,610 2 0 0 2 0.00% 0.00%
Sri Lanka 21,440,000 102 0 7 95 0.00% 6.86%

Source: The Coronavirus App https://coronavirus.app/map
Retrieved at: 6:15pm

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Chinmoy Ghosh

Chinmoy Ghosh

Founder CEO & English Language Trainer at ABC International 360. Completed MBA (Marketing) and BEng (Electrical & Electronics Engineering) from London, United Kingdom.

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