While India currently is facing worst-ever catastrophe due to massive spread of COVID throughout the country infecting hundreds of thousands of people, Indian truckers entering Bangladesh through land-borders pose potential risk of spreading the virus amongst the locals. According to experts, every single COVID infected individual is spreading the virus amongst over four hundred people.
According to media reports, with around 400 Indian transport workers, including truck drivers and their assistants, entering through the port in Dinajpur every day, locals fear a potential transmission of the highly infectious Indian variants of the coronavirus.
Hili land port sources said, around 180-200 goods-laden trucks enter Bangladesh from India through Hili land port every day.
These trucks are accompanied by a driver and an assistant. They stay in the port area for a few days till the goods are unloaded. For work purposes, these transport workers are interacting with Bangladeshi workers and port employees.
Hakimpur Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Dr Touhid Al Hasan said Indian transport workers are not safe for Bangladesh at the moment as the situation in India is dire.
Meanwhile, Hakimpur Municipality Mayor Jamil Hossain Chalanta proposed that the import and export through Hili land port be temporarily halted, considering the health risks to local residents and people across the country.
Arvind Kejriwal government involved in black-marketing of oxygen
The Delhi High Court Tuesday said the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government’s entire system has failed due to the alleged black marketing of oxygen cylinders and crucial medicines for treating Covid-19 patients. “Set your house in order. If you cannot manage it, we will ask the central government to takeover,” the court told the Delhi government.
Early on Tuesday, the country received 95 oxygen concentrators and 100 ventilators from the United Kingdom as the country continues to fight against depleting resources amid the second wave of the novel coronavirus.
The Supreme Court has said its suo motu proceeding on devising a national policy for Covid-19 management is not meant to supplant cases being heard by the high courts, but added that the top court cannot be a “mute spectator” at the time of national crisis. In another order, the top court allowed Vedanta to operate its closed oxygen plant at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, saying the order has been passed in view of “national need” for oxygen.
India, in the last 24 hours, recorded 3,23,144 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the cumulative tally to 1,76,36,307. Of these, 28,82,204 are active cases. 2,771 deaths were also reported on Monday. While Maharashtra reported 48,700 fresh cases, Uttar Pradesh’s daily case count stood at 33,351.