Not extending general holidays suicidal decision: Rizvi

BNP on Thursday said the government’s decision of not extending the general holidays after May 30 amid the spike in coronavirus cases is suicidal.


“The government wants to prove that they’re stronger than coronavirus by lifting the so-called lockdown in the name of holidays. Millions of people have been made vulnerable to infection with the withdrawal of the holidays,” said BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.


Speaking at a virtual press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he said: “This is the biggest suicidal decision of the government.”


The BNP leader warned that the government will have to take all the responsibilities for coronavirus fatalities following the withdrawal of the shutdown.


The government on Thursday issued a gazette notification regarding resumption of offices and the operation of public transports on a limited scale from May 31 to June 15 as the public holidays will end on May 30.


The government declared public holidays from March 26 by shutting down all non-essential services.


Rizvi said the government is relaxing the shutdown when it should have strictly enforced it and increased the testing capacity as the number of fresh cases and deaths are increasing alarmingly.


“The government is following a path which will only increase the deaths from the virus,” he said, adding that the government has failed to tackle the coronavirus situation because of irresponsible and unplanned moves and activities.


Source: United News of Bangladesh