Coronavirus testing our patience

I cried for a good five minutes, I guess. Sobbing silently, big drops of tears running down my cheeks. This is day 9 of my self-isolation and I broke all the promises to myself.

A Brave New World

The key phrase nowadays is ‘social distancing.’ People are being encouraged to stay away from addas, gatherings, hugging, shaking hands, slap-on-the-back camaraderie, holding hands and seemingly ...

Where will the patients go?

Although delayed, the authorities have increased the volume of coronavirus tests and treatment somewhat. However, there is still a shortage of test kits, ICU facilities and personal protection ...

Is this the peace we wanted?

Corona came and gave us the peace we wanted. But is the peace we wanted? When we cannot interact, when the freedom to reach out has been snatched away, when we are anxious about our lives, then peace ...

Govt must have a six-month or one-year plan: Mirza Azizul Islam

Mirza Azizul Islam is a former finance adviser to the caretaker government. He now teaches at BRAC University. The country has been seeing a sort of lockdown since 26 March due to the coronavirus ...

Help Akij Group set up hospital for coronavirus patients

There are no specialised hospitals for coronavirus patients in Bangladesh, which is now a crying need. Leading business conglomerate Akij Group decided to come up with a solution, offering a ...

Address PPE shortage immediately

The most important thing right now is to ensure supply of PPE. We will need 1 million PPE over the enxt three months but we have only 66,000. We have received 10,000 PPE from China yesterday, but ...

Act now, no time to waste

A few days ago when I had written that there were difficult days up ahead, I had a faint hope that maybe things wouldn’t be so bad, the disaster would veer off like a cyclone often does. I had hoped ...

Lockdown, emergency work must not be hampered

The entire country is under an unofficial lockdown to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. We have been saying from the beginning that social distancing is the most effective way to prevent the spread ...

Immediate lockdown is the only way out

About 10 or 11 years ago I suddenly had an attack of vertigo. Everything seemed to spin around me, even when I lay down. I went to quite a renowned physician with my problem. He prescribed me some ...

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