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Dhaka getting back its usual look

Published : 06 May 2020 09:11 PM | Updated : 04 Sep 2020 10:44 AM

The appearance of the capital city Dhaka has been turning to its very own and regular look as people in large number thronged the city streets.

Recently, an announcement was made saying that shopping malls and markets are likely to be opened on May 10 on the occasion of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr.

Though there are still few days left for reopening of shopping malls and market, people started coming out of their houses spontaneously to buy less important stuffs or gossip among friends.

According to some netizens Facebook post, they had to experience traffic congestion on the city streets. Many of them said, “It seems that the city has got the maximum crowd on Wednesday.”

Such gathering can lead us to a horrific situation in near future, health experts said.
The main points of entry into the capital is Jatrabari, Gabtoli, Abdullahpur areas were overcrowded. Traffic police faced hurdle to control the stream of transportations and public.

Earlier on Tuesday, in Gabtali, transport workers have blocked the road and staged a demonstration with a demand of reopening of public transports.

NasirHossain, a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver from city’s Shanirakhra area said, "I don’t have rice at home. I am literally starving. I don’t have even money to buy any stuff."

“I saw relief goods were distributed on Television but did not get one kg in a month and a half. I came out to survive with my family,” he added.

Another rickshaw puller Abdul Rahman said, “We won’t get food if I do not pull rickshaw. If the wheel runs, we will earn. I came out to earn not to beg money”

Besides, large number of congregations around the capital in roads, shops and kitchen market posed grave health risk as many people were not following hygiene guidelines.

While talking to The Bangladesh Post, Medicine Specialist Z M Kabir Chowdhury warned saying that if physical distancing is not followed by common people then this simple mistake will be turned to disaster.

“Yes, it’s been a long-time since the general holiday started. People have to maintain distancing along with hand sanitizer, mask and gloves while they go out for emergency works, he added.”

When asked, the former director general at the Department of Health, Professor Shah Munir, said that the situation in Bangladesh could be normal by the end of June.

He also said, “Garments have already created jeopardy. After May 12, the situation will be understood better.”
As World Health Organization (WHO) said, we also want to say that the time has not yet come to predict that we will be completely safe from this virus, he opined.