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DNCC operates drives to ensure mask use, remove illegal establishments

Separate mobile courts of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) operated drives to evict illegal establishments and ensure use of masks by city dweller to curb the transmission of Covid-19.

Executive Magistrate Masud Hossain conducted mobile court in Mohammadpur, Executive Magistrate Abdullah Al Baki in Mohakhali while Executive Magistrate Sazia Afrin operated the drive in Uttara area in the morning, said a press release.

Awareness campaign was held during the drives and around 120 face masks were distributed among pedestrians and local people.

Besides, Tk 2,900 was realised in and 12 cases were filed against people who didn’t wear masks.

Covid-19 condition in Bangladesh

Bangladesh saw a spike in daily Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday as health authorities registered 39 deaths with 2,156 new infections and 2,302 recovery in past 24 hours until morning.

With the latest count the total tally of infection and death reached have 454,146 and 6,487 respectively.

The death rate stood at 1.43 percent while so far, 369,179 patients which is 81.29 percent have recovered, said the Directorate General of Health Services.

Also read: Covid-19 in Bangladesh: 39 die, 2,156 infected in 24 hrs

Mask use and Vaccine update

It is speculated that despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal.

The first, limited shipments of the vaccine would mark just the beginning of what could be a long and messy road toward the end of the pandemic, reports AP.

“If you’re fighting a battle and the cavalry is on the way, you don’t stop shooting; you keep going until the cavalry gets here, and then you might even want to continue fighting,” Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said last week.

This week, AstraZeneca became the third vaccine maker to say early data indicates its shots are highly effective. Pfizer last week asked the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorisation to begin distributing its vaccine, and Moderna is expected to do the same any day. Federal officials say the first doses will ship within a day of authorisation.

Also read: ‘Face mask will be mandatory before a vaccine arrives’

But most people will probably have to wait months for shots to become widely available.

No magic bullet

Vaccines aren’t always effective in everyone: Over the past decade, for example, seasonal flu vaccines have been effective in about 20 percent to 60 percent of people who get them.

AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna say early trial data suggests their vaccine candidates are about 90 percent or more effective. But those rates could change by the time the studies end.

Also read: AstraZeneca: COVID-19 vaccine provides ‘highly effective’ prevention

Also, the definition of “effective” can vary.

Rather than prevent infection entirely, the first COVID-19 vaccines might only prevent illness. Vaccinated people might still be able to transmit the virus, another reason experts say masks will remain crucial for some time.

Another important aspect of vaccines: They can take awhile to work.

So taking precaution like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and cleaning hands are the key measure to curb the spreading of the virus.

Source: United News of Bangladesh