The Financial Express

1752 people fined for violating health guidelines in Bangladesh

| Updated: December 04, 2020 18:00:06

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A total of 1,752 people were slapped with fines and 14 people were arrested or detained on different terms for violating the government’s health rules from November 15 to November 28, according to the latest report.

District administrations, in recent times, have become vigilant to maintain health guidelines in their respective areas after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's warning about the possible second wave of coronavirus pandemic in Bangladesh during the upcoming winter season.

Besides, a total of 631 people were slapped with fines, and another 83 were arrested and detained on different terms between November 8 and November 14 for not wearing masks in public places whereas only six people were fined for similar offenses in the week before, showed the report prepared by a project styled 'Bangladesh Peace Observatory (BPO)' under Centre for Genocide Studies at Dhaka University.

These cautionary steps by the District Administration caused a sharp rise in awarding fines, arrest, and detention of people who did not wear masks in public places from 15 till 28 November, as per the report.

Apart from this, a total of 2,203 people died with Covid-19 symptoms in the last eight months from March 22 to November 28 across the country, the report reads.

The peace observatory project has prepared the report based on information from 25 media outlets, including national and local dailies, TV channels, and news portals. However, this information was not verified from the field level.

The BPO project has been regularly publishing reports on multiple issues with financial support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

According to the report, during the period under review, the Dhaka division saw 394 deaths with Covid-19-like symptoms while the number of similar deaths recorded in the Chattogram division was 733. Mymensingh division had 60 such deaths, the lowest record, added the BPO report.

Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna, and Barishal divisions reported 102, 223, 95, 352, and 244 deaths respectively.

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