BNP on Friday opposed the government’s decision to fully reopen government offices as it thinks this will only contribute to worsening the coronavirus situation in the country.
“All have been instructed to join work in government offices and courts. It’s proved that this government is not there to save people's lives and protect them from the virus. They only think about their own interests and make their own pockets heavier. The government is deliberately helping increase corona infections,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He said, “I think the order to join government offices and courts in full swing is inhumane. The full reopening of the offices and courts in this way will increase the level of infections, and the lives of many more people will be at stake after getting infected with the deadly virus.”
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a virtual press briefing from his Kurigram house.
The government on Thursday asked all public servants to return to offices in full swing from the next week, withdrawing the restrictions on their attendance in person.
Earlier on June 1, the government had asked ministries and departments not to have more than 25 percent of their officials and employees at the offices as part of a move to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Rizvi alleged that the government has so far not taken proper steps to make people aware and prevent corona. “Instead, it's pushing people towards death.”
The BNP leader also accused the government of giving people ‘false and wrong’ information about corona infections only to create the impression that the situation has become normal in the country. “They’re misleading people with false information while the virus is gradually spreading everywhere.”
He said corona infection is now badly spreading the rural areas, including the northern region. “Even on this Eid-ul-Azha, we’ve seen there's no district town in the northern region where 50-100 are not getting infected with the virus every day. This situation has been created due to the failure of the government.”
Amid such a situation, the BNP leader said, the government has asked the public servants to return to their offices going against expert opinions.
Referring to the low price of the rawhides of sacrificial animals, he said the government has not taken any initiative to develop the country’s leather industry. “As a result, people are throwing the hides of the sacrificial animals on the roads and in the rivers as they’re not getting the fair prices.”
"The orphan, the destitute and the poor have been deprived of huge money due to poor prices of rawhides while the tannery industry has collapsed only because of the government's wrong policies.”
Freedom fighter Abdul Gani, the upazila chairman of Debhata, died of Covid-19 in a city hospital on Friday. He was 70.
His son Abdur Razzak said Abdul Gani died at 3:30am.
His tested positive for Covid-19 and was taking treatment in home quarantine, Razzak said.
On August 3, he was shifted to a specialised hospital in Dhaka as his condition deteriorated. He was later put on life-support.
Gani was a former commander of Debhata Muktijodhha Sangsad and leader of Awami League's district unit.
The officially confirmed coronavirus cases soared to 2,52,502 on Friday with the detection of 2,851 new cases in the last 24 hours until morning.
The health authorities reported 27 new deaths, taking the local tally to 3,333.
Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.
Labs around the country have tested 12,37,823 samples so far – 12,699 of them in the last 24-hour. The overall detection rate against the number of cases is 20.4 percent.
Across hospitals and homes, 1,760 patients recovered in a day, pushing up the recovery number to 1,45,584. The recovery rate is 57.66 percent.
Among the total detected cases, 71 percent are male and the rest female.
Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana came up with the data at the regular briefing.
All the newly deceased are aged above 40 years. "Four are between 41 and 50 years, six between 51 and 60, 12 between 61 and 70, four between 71 and 80 and another aged between 81 and 90 years," Dr Nasima said.
She noted that people aged above 60 years account for over 40 percent of total deaths.
Only 0.54 percent of total deceased are aged below 10 years, 0.99 percent between 11 and 20 years, 2.61 percent between 21 and 30, 6.42 percent between 31 and 40 year, 13.86 percent between 41 and 50 years, 28.59 percent between 51 and 60 years, and 46.98 percent are aged above 60 years.
In the last 24 hours, Dhaka division saw 13 new deaths while five died in Khulna, two in Rangpur and one in Barishal division. Chattrogram and Rajshahi divisions recorded two deaths each.
Dr Nasima urged the people to turn up for testing especially due to gatherings in Public Transports and cattle markets during the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
Meanwhile, 18,651 people are in currently in isolation while 52,609 are home and institutionally quarantined in the country.
Global cases surpass 19 million
Meanwhile, the officially confirmed Covid-19 cases surpassed 19 million with more than 700,000 deaths, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
The United States has suffered the most from the pandemic, with 4,881,974 cases and 160,090 fatalities. It is followed by Brazil with 2,912,212 cases and 98,493 deaths, the tally showed.
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India’s confirmed coronavirus cases crossed two million while the death tally stood at 41,000 as of Friday.
India has the third-highest caseload in the world after the US and Brazil though India's health ministry also reported recoveries as a share of total cases are also growing.
The world's largest vaccine-maker, the Serum Institute in the central city of Pune, has ramped up capacity to manufacture as many as a billion doses of a vaccine in development by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, which is in phase two trials in India and England, and phase three trials in Brazil and South Africa.
Two people, undergoing treatment at Bogura Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College, died of Covid-19 on Friday.
The deceased were identified as Golam Mostafa, 45, of Godarpara in Sadar upazila and Rezaul Karim, 56, of Sirajganj.
Dr Farzanul Islam, health officer of Civil Surgeon office, said 45 people, including Shibganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Alamgir Kabir, have been infected with the virus in the last 24 hours.
The district has so far recorded 5,094 coronavirus cases.
Besides, the UNOs of Shonatala and Nandigram have been also diagnosed with the virus.
So far, 114 people have died of Covid-19 in the district.
Moreover, 3,833 people have recovered while 1,147 people are in isolation in the district.
Bangladesh’s confirmed Covid-19 cases have increased to 2,49,651 with the detection of 2,977 cases while 39 people died, bringing the death tally to 3,300 on Thursday.
One hundred families of Samanta village in Jhenaidah’s Maheshpur upazila are suffering after some locally influential people constructed a house on a road.
Sources said one Sanwar Hossain, son of Latif Shwarnakar and two sons of Latif Bepary – Kalam and Abul – are illegally building a house on road after occupying it.
The road stretches from Samanta Gopalpur mouja to Shatnalpara. Their move has forced 100 families to use an alternative road for communication.
Residents said they are living like prisoners as Sanwar, Kamal and Babul have built a house and sanitary latrine by blocking the road.
Already, Hafiz Al Asad, assistant commissioner (land) of the upazila, has ordered to stop the construction work after getting complaints but they did not pay any heed to the order.
Sujon Sarkar, Maheshpur upazila land officer, said another notice will be sent to them to stop the construction work.