Twin crises from poverty and Covid in Bangladesh

Twin crises from poverty and Covid in Bangladesh

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Islam News – Bangladesh’s health care system is buckling under the third, deadliest wave of coronavirus infections. But the country lifted most lockdown measures on Wednesday to reopen the economy and allow people to go back to work.

Banks, shops and malls could reopen, and buses and trains were running. The garment industry was allowed to start up again two weeks ago, prompting thousands to travel back to the capital, Dhaka. Health experts fear that lifting restrictions will only worsen the outbreak.

The pandemic has pushed some 24.5 million people into poverty, according to an April study. Government advisers said they had to lift restrictions. “It’s not possible for the government to keep the country locked down forever,” one official said.

Source: The New York Times