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Public awareness on the rise amid virus pandemic

Published : 29 Jun 2020 10:16 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 12:41 AM

A handful number of customers at mega shops, shopping malls and kitchen markets in the capital on Monday was seen obeying health guidelines due to coronavirus awareness.

Dhaka's New Market, Mirpur, Jatrabari, Old Dhaka, Azimpur, and Paltan area shops and markets witnessed a large number of customers, in the meantime none seen without mask or gloves according to shop owners.

Elephant Road's shirt and suit seller Mithu Rahman talking to the Bangladesh Post said, "Customers number still low, they may be frightened due to corona. Our market's governing body set up disinfectant tunnel for customers' safety,"

However, those who are coming following government-directed health guidelines which keeping akk of us safe from virus.
Another shop owner Sadeq Rahman echoed same saying,"Our business is down, it will take more time to recover our loss."

But customers are more conscious than ever before. Earlier we used to forced many customers to wear masks and sanitize their hands, he added.

A customer at the Elephant Road, Farid Kibria said, "It's our responsibility to wear mask and sanitize hands. We don't know who is infected and who is not. It would not be wise to take risk of keep face and eye uncovered."

Regarding public awareness on coronavirus safety talking to the Bangladesh Post public health professor at the North-South University (NSU), Ahmed Hossain said, "It's all about collected awareness. Common people are more aware due to mass awareness and health guidelines. As the numbers soaring people got the cognizance of their own safety. Credits go to media for its crucial role in this pandemic"

"I would urge people to continue their move on safety and follow physical distancing if they go out for emergency work," he added.

On Monday, Bangladesh registered 45 people death from coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director general (administration) of DGHS, said during a briefing.

The death toll now stands at 1,783 and the death rate at 1.26 percent. With this, the current infection rate is 22.50 percent and the total number of infections in the country is 1,41,801. The total infection rate so far stands at 18.96 percent. A total of 17,837 samples were tested in 65 labs across the country in the last 24 hours, Dr Nasima said. Meanwhile, 2,053 Covid-19 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) mentioned.