Two years into Covid-19 pandemic

Government's efforts deserve plaudits

Published : 17 Mar 2022 08:18 PM

After two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, life returns to normal in Bangladesh. In the last two years, the government had to impose nationwide strict lockdown and restrictions several times to check the spread of novel Coronavirus. All the public and private offices and educational institutions except emergency services had remained closed during the lockdown period. No one was allowed to come outside of the houses without any emergency. 

Like other foreign countries across the globe, Bangladesh went through a difficult crisis in 2020 and 2021 due to the prevalence of the pandemic. The government stood with humanitarian support beside the country’s destitute and vulnerable people hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic to ease their hardship in the difficult time. On the other hand, the Covid-19 vaccination campaign continues smoothly through inoculation of eligible citizens with the first, second and third doses of Covid-19 jabs in the country. So, the country has been able to control three waves of coronavirus due to multiple initiatives including expansion of the vaccination programme.

The crisis is nowhere close to end as 

various new variants of Covid-19 

may spread across the globe

During the miserable days of lockdown and virus panic, normal life and even emergency services were hampered in almost everywhere in the world and Bangladesh was not an exception.  When situation improved, the lockdown and other restrictions were lifted. As soon as the lockdown and other restrictions were withdrawn, activities of all the government, semi-government and non-government offices, autonomous bodies, banks and financial institutions started operating in full swing. Besides, shopping malls, markets, shops community centres, tourism and recreation venues and resorts are also running their business following health safety guidelines and other rules set by the government. All these have been possible because of tireless and pragmatic steps taken by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League government.  

Bangladesh on Wednesday reported no Covid-19 death for second consecutive day in the past four months as the country recorded zero coronavirus death for first time in late November last year since the pandemic began on March 8, 2020. 

The pandemic could not hit the country hard as the government took all-out measures to protect most vulnerable people and businesses. The government gave stimulus packages to various sectors and financial assistance to the people (during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic) to ease their lives and livelihoods alongside keeping the country’s economy moving.

However, the crisis is nowhere close to end as various new variants of the coronavirus may spread across the globe. Therefore, we all will have to avoid crowd, use masks whenever we go outdoors. Everyone will have to be more responsible to ensure his or her own protection alongside their family members and the neighbours.