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ED: Stand guard against the Indian variant

  • Published at 03:25 am May 9th, 2021
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India and Nepal are in a deteriorating state, and the last thing our health care can afford is to become like them

The Indian variant of the coronavirus has now officially been identified to be present in Bangladesh, and unless Bangladesh tackles the problem head on to curb the spread of this variant, we could be looking at an unmitigated health catastrophe.

Bangladesh need not look too far and observe Nepal, which, since the Indian variant entered the country, has seen an alarming 57 times increase in the number of cases occurred last month, with 44% of the Covid tests currently coming back positive.

Experts have opined time and time again on the severity of the Indian variant, and it is evident from both India and Nepal that it is difficult to comprehend the pace of the surge. As such, to have any chance to tackle this variant, pro-active planning and preparation remain of paramount importance.

To that end, closing borders with India was an extremely timely decision, and may have saved Bangladesh from experiencing the worst of this variant. Cutting off travel with Nepal will also be a prudent decision that will further stop potentially infected people from entering our borders.

Regardless, now that this strain is in Bangladesh, it is of utmost importance that we treat it as top priority, and do all we can to not aggravate this situation beyond a point where we will be helpless to deal with it. India and Nepal are in a deteriorating state, and the last thing our health care can afford is to become like them.