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ED: Let’s not pretend that the pandemic is over

  • Published at 03:17 am October 8th, 2021
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People are still free to attend professional and social gatherings, but they must abide by these rules

While it is good to see people getting back on their feet and entire economies re-starting following debilitating bouts of lockdown, the fact still remains that the pandemic is far from over. It is, then, incredibly disappointing to see so many throwing caution to the wind and acting like the pandemic is over for good, when it is clearly not.

In line with this, the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 chief warned on Tuesday: “We’re not out of the woods.” Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead for WHO’s Covid-19 operations, has said that last week, 3.1 million known new cases were reported, along with 54,000 more deaths. When compared with the global population, that is not a small number.

Even in Bangladesh, there have been 21 more deaths and 703 cases in the last 24 hours. For a nation as prosperous as ours, losing 21 lives a day is not a good look, and to ignore the root of the problem while people continue to die due our actions means that their bloods fall on our hands.

Lockdowns are double-edged swords in countries like Bangladesh, as we have editorialized before, but Covid-19 can be tackled without lockdowns as well -- strictly following the rules has become imperative.

Social distancing measures and the usage of masks are of paramount importance, and everyone has to ensure that they do their part. People are still free to attend professional and social gatherings, but they must abide by these rules. Most importantly, these rules must be fully enforced.

We are not out of the woods yet, but life goes on. However, in order to ensure a prosperous future, and the safety of our fellow humans, as we go about our daily lives, we must remember to take every precaution at every step.