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Adherence to lockdown in capital appears mixed

People are not responding seriously to the government announced strong restriction on movement from April 14 though the second wave is more deadly and dangerous.

Visiting different parts of the city, including kitchen markets and shopping malls, our correspondent found people moving about as usual.

Visiting the kitchen markets of Jatrabari and Shanir Akhra, a huge number of people were seen gathered to collect their essential products and daily needs while the crowd had turned big before the Iftar time.

A long queue of people was also seen selling Iftar items around the city.

A visitor Dulal Sikder told UNB that he came out of his house everyday to collect Iftar items for his family members, as it is like a tradition for him to take food from the restaurant and makeshift shops during Ramadan.

"I know it is risky to go out and stay at any gathering point during this pandemic. But this gives a little relief for my family members as they fast the whole day. I try to maintain health guidelines and wear mask wherever I go," he said.

In the kitchen market, most of the buyers and sellers were not keen to wear masks and use sanitizers.

But shopping malls such as Ayesha Shopping Mall and RS Shopping Complex in the Jatrabari area appeared quite aware of the health protocols and most people were using their mask.

Kazi Suman, an owner of a clothing shop, said they were not happy or satisfied with the number of buyers as they are unable to sell their products as per their expectations in Ramadan, the highest selling month of the year.

People are not coming as restrictions on public transport are still going on. Some also collect their dresses from the online shops as they feel unsafe to come at this time, he said.

Although the government announced a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it has no effect on the roads in Gulistan, one of the busiest points of the city, as CNG, motorbikes, private cars and even public buses were found running.

Source: United News of Bangladesh