Huge rush of people leaving Dhaka for Eid, BGB deployed at ferry terminals
By Our Correspondent, 10/05/2021, New Delhi

Thousands of people are leaving Dhaka to go to their native places to celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr even as the government has suspended interdistrict movement of buses and other means of public transport to check the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Huge rush of passengers was seen at the Munshiganj’s Shimulia ferry terminal on Sunday. The Government has deployed the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on the Paturia-Daulatdia and Shimulia-Banglabazar routes in Manikganj and Munshiganj to regulate and control the movement of people fearing spread of Coronavirus in the country. In the absence of public transport, people are rushing in to use any means to travel to their home towns and villages to spend Eid with their family.

The highways also reported long tailbacks as people took microbus, private vehicles or any other means of transport available to them. The Dhaka-Aricha highway reported huge tailbacks due to rush of people leaving Dhaka defying government instructions. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the people not to risk the lives of their near and dear ones by rushing to their native places to celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr. She appealed to people to stay at the places where they are and enjoy the Eid.

Officials of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) expressed apprehension of a surge in Coronavirus infections after the Eid-ul-fitr in view of the huge movement of people without taking proper health precautions. Meanwhile, Bangladesh reported 56 deaths and 1,386 fresh corona positive cases on Sunday. The death toll in the country has  gone up to 11,934 and the total number of people infected with COVID 19 is over 7.73 lakh. The sample positivity rate in Bangladesh stood at 8.19 percent as on Sunday.