Coronavirus: BNP accuses Govt of misguided policies

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On Monday, BNP accused the government of pursuing a ‘hide-and-seek’ strategy of ‘no check, no corona’ like that of Iran and Italy just to invite the country to a grave risk.

“Politics of government (to contain the coronavirus) are unclear to people. Iran’s and Italy’s governments destroyed their countries and by adopting the policy were isolated from the world — no kit no corona, no test no corona, no patient no corona. But we are also trying to handle everything following the strategy of hide-and-seek, “said Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, senior of the party.

Speaking via a videoconference at a press conference from BNP’s Nayapaltan headquarters, he also stated that the government is making evil efforts so that no one can reveal the government’s policy of infection with the deadly coronavirus. “This tactic of hide-and-seek is called rumour.”

The BNP leader said citizens are deeply concerned and disappointed as the ministers make ‘irresponsible’ statements about the government’s ‘fake’ progress in combating the virus by denying the truth.

 

He regretted that tough government had two months to take the requisite preparations to check coronavirus spread, he failed to pay attention to this problem.

Rizvi expressed concern that the country may face a serious danger as the government has failed to properly quarantine those Bangladeshis who have returned home from various corona-infected countries as per WHO’s guidelines.

He said that the government also lacks both planning and organization to deal with a tragedy like this. “There is no appropriate equipment and management for detecting infected patients … the figures provided to people by the government without testing program are not reliable.”

Though the government said no corona patient was found over the two consecutive days, the BNP leader said media are running news about people’s deaths from cold, coughing and breathing problems. “The media have released accounts of the deaths in the last 24 hours of five people with coronavirus symptoms.”

Stating that about 6,65 lakh people have returned from abroad to Bangladesh since January’s last week, he said these people are not yet being checked and those who came in touch with them. “These unmarked people run the risk of spreading the virus within society at a geometric pace.”

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