Bangladesh extends college shutdown over second COVID-19 wave

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Most COVID-19 restrictions lifted however faculties and academic establishments to stay closed till December 19.

Bangladesh has prolonged its closure of colleges and academic establishments, which have been final open in March, till December 19 amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections through the coming Bangladeshi winter, the schooling ministry stated on Thursday.

Specialists stated the South Asian nation, with patchy healthcare amenities, may face one other surge in infections, having to this point confirmed 427,198 circumstances and 6,140 deaths from COVID-19.

The federal government closed faculties and academic establishments on March 17 and has prolonged the closure a number of occasions, most lately till November 15.

“The choice has been taken contemplating the second wave … We will’t play with the lives of our youngsters,” stated a senior official of the schooling ministry, who declined to be named.

The federal government, nevertheless, has lifted most different restrictions.

Each day infections have proven a rising pattern this month, with 1,845 new circumstances and 13 deaths reported on Thursday.

Specialists say the South Asian nation may face one other surge in infections, having to this point confirmed 427,198 circumstances and 6,140 deaths from COVID-19 [File: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]

“The coronavirus state of affairs may worsen additional within the winter when viral and bacterial ailments enhance,” stated virologist Nazrul Islam, a member of the nationwide technical advisory committee to sort out COVID-19.

“Individuals are anticipating the vaccine, however no one is caring in regards to the well being guidelines like carrying masks and sustaining bodily distancing,” Islam stated.

The federal government is broadcasting classes on tv for varsity college students, and universities are conducting on-line courses. Most kids in Bangladesh would not have entry to the web.

Rights teams worry many are positioned in danger by not returning to highschool, and stated many youngsters have been pressured to work to assist their households. Some ladies have been pressured into marriage to make up for his or her mother and father’ misplaced revenue.

“We worry the dropout charges might be 40 p.c or much more,” stated Rasheda Okay Choudhury, govt director of Marketing campaign for Fashionable Training.

“My daughter is in eighth grade however I’ll by no means have the ability to ship her again to highschool,” stated garment employee Maksuda Begum, who was laid off from her job in April, including that her household had been surviving on charity.

“I dreamed of a greater life for my daughter however my dream will stay a dream,” she stated, preventing again tears.