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The government cannot simply dispense of its responsibility by saying that people are not listening or not following the hygiene rules. It is the responsibility of the concerned departments and officials of the government to enforce the health rules. In this case, the strictness of the government and the proper implementation of the law are strongly recommended.

The government has decided to adopt a 'no mask, no service' policy. This means that those who will not wear masks will not get services in government and private offices. The government's decision was announced after a cabinet meeting on Sunday. Now the biggest challenge is to implement this decision properly. However, in the same way, requesting and forcing people to use masks in markets, public transport and public places are also necessary. If necessary, fines can be imposed. According to the Infectious Diseases (Prevention, Control and Eradication) Act 2018, there is a provision of imprisonment or fine or both if anyone does not follow the hygiene rules. So if you go out without a mask, the mobile court can fine you.

People can be made aware and motivated to follow the hygiene rules by involving civil society representatives, imams of mosques, teachers and other well-known and popular icons

So far there is no alternative solution except adhering to the hygiene rules. COVID-19 vaccine has arrived and we may have to wait a few more months. So it is the responsibility of every citizen to wear a mask, wash their hands according to the rules and protect themselves and keep others safe by maintaining social distance.

The government and public health experts say there is a strong possibility of a second wave of coronavirus infection in the country. In many countries around the world, however, the second wave has begun. On Monday, Anandabazar headlined, "Infection rate jumps in the state." In neighbouring West Bengal in India, the infection rate has increased for six consecutive days from 20 October.

If people do not follow the hygiene rules, Covid transmission in Bangladesh may become severe. Let us all be conscious.The administration cannot tackle the situation alone. The responsibility of elected representatives and political leaders is much greater. Apart from them, people can be made aware and motivated to follow the hygiene rules by involving civil society representatives, imams of mosques, teachers and other well-known and popular icons.

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