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12:00 AM, May 30, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:02 AM, May 30, 2020

Reopening will pose more risk to public health: Mahila Parishad

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday expressed deep concerns over reopening of government offices and public transport amid the increasing number of Covid-19 patients and deaths.

"We are surprised to note that at a time when the number of coronavirus-infected patients in the country is increasing day by day and the death tally is getting longer, the government has announced to open public transport including government, non-government and autonomous organisations in limited scale from May 31," read a statement by the organisation.

The government's decision to keep markets open conditionally on one hand and to ban movement of people on the other seems to be a reflection of lack of coordination, it said, adding that the notification to open office and public transport at this time will put public life at a higher risk.

The government shut down most public and private offices, and all public transport from March 26 and extended it till May 30 in several phases.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Public Administration issued a notification announcing the end of the temporary shutdown.

Meanwhile, the government's technical committee on coronavirus and other health experts and the World Health Organization have said the only way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection is to maintain social distancing and adhere to hygiene rules.

"Bangladesh Mahila Parishad is demanding reconsideration of the notification by extending the shutdown and implementing a strict lockdown across the country," read the statement signed by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad Acting President Fawzia Moslem and its General Secretary Maleka Banu.

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