The easing of lockdown restrictions will not help matters at all
Eid-ul-Azha is set to be observed in less than a week, at a time when Bangladesh is experiencing its worst period with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic, regularly seeing over 200 daily deaths, and daily infections threatening to reach 15,000.
This is an extremely critical moment for Bangladesh and its people, and the next few weeks could determine whether we slip into an unmitigated catastrophe like the one witnessed in India, or we are able to stave off such a fate.
As such, just as last year, but with even more seriousness and urgency as a result of the surging deaths and infections, we must be far more careful with our Eid celebrations than we are normally accustomed to.
While the rituals associated with Eid-ul-Azha are an extremely important component in the faith of millions of Muslims in Bangladesh, it is important for people to be extra responsible, where restricting movement and staying in place could go a long way to helping the country recover from the current wave.
Unfortunately, the easing of lockdown restrictions will not help matters at all, and sends entirely the wrong message. Experts have rightfully questioned the government’s decision to ease the lockdown at a time when infections and deaths are at an all-time high. Freely moving around right now is the opposite of what we should all be doing.
While pre-Eid business is vital for a significant number of people, this is not the time for focusing on anything else, but for reducing the infection rate and the daily death count. To that end, we hope that people are able to exercise their civic responsibility and celebrate Eid in the safest and most responsible way possible, at home and with limited to no travelling.
Surely, we can all do that much in the interest of ending this pandemic.