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Rangpur fears a dire situation like Chapainawabganj

In Rangpur, the corona detection rate has been more than 18 percent. Even then, the people of the border continue to come and go. This is raising fears of the spread of the Indian type of corona in Rangpur. Thousands of people from different border areas including Burimari land port are coming and going to the divisional city Rangpur every day for various activities including medical and livelihood needs. Corona infections could spread further through them – that’s the concern of the health department.

Officials say they are coming and going to Rangpur every day from different border areas including Burimari and Banglabandha. Although Assad is quarantined in the country through the border, the people on the border are in touch with him. Besides, smugglers travel illegally across the border ahead of the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha. Corona can also spread through them.

According to the health department, Rangpur, like Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj, is also at risk. There are five land ports in the Rangpur division for the people of India and Bangladesh. The ports are Burimari in Lalmonirhat, Banglabandha in Panchagarh, Hili and Radhikapur in Dinajpur and Tura Road in Roumari in Kurigram. Some people are being legally quarantined through these borders. However, their relatives are also going to meet them while they are in quarantine. They are coming back to their home again. Questions have also been raised about how safe they are.

Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, body samples of 262 people have been examined in Rangpur division and corona has been identified in the bodies of 47 people. So far, samples of one lakh 32 thousand 72 people have been tested and 18 thousand 791 people have been identified. Two people died in 24 hours. The total death toll stood at 392 people. Corona detection rate is 18.6 percent and death rate is 2.8 percent.

It is learned that at least 50 passenger microbuses from Burimari-Patgram come to Rangpur every day. At the end of the day, the microbuses went back with the passengers. Although there are 10 people in each micro, only 500 people come and go to Rangpur every day from Burimari land port area. A passenger named Ayub Ali, who came to Rangpur Medical College from Patgram on Sunday for treatment, said that he comes to Rangpur almost every week for some work including treatment. Mentioning that communication with Rangpur has become much easier as passengers are brought and taken in the microbus, he said, those who come to Rangpur in the microbus return at the end of the day. The fare for coming and going is 600 rupees per person.

Idris Ali, a trader from Burimari land port, came to Rangpur in a microbus yesterday to buy goods from a clothing store. He said the bus from Burimari via Lalmonirhat has to travel at least 50 km to reach Rangpur. The roads are bad too, making it difficult to get back to work. That is why he came to Rangpur through Teesta Barrage in a regular micro. However, he could not give any good answer in the context of increasing the risk of coming and going from the border area during the Corona period.

Meanwhile, according to the information given by Patgram Upazila Administration and Burimari Immigration Police, in the first phase, the crossing of passengers with passports was temporarily suspended from April 26 for 14 days. Later on May 6, the second phase was extended for another 14 days. However, with the permission of the Bangladesh Embassy in India, six people returned to the country on the first day of April 26. After that, 327 people including 18 returned to the country in phases last Saturday. They are kept in institutional quarantine. Five of them were diagnosed with coronavirus in their bodies. The four have recovered and returned home. A total of 92 people got clearance at the end of the institutional quarantine.

According to government guidelines, passengers with a visa validity of less than 15 days can return to the country. There are instructions from the office of the Bangladeshi Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata, India, that passengers with NOC and Corona Negative Certificate can travel through this immigration center to Bangladesh and similarly Indian passport holders.

Rangpur Divisional Health Director. Ahad Ali said those coming from India are being kept in quarantine. But their relatives are traveling. There is a risk of Indian-type infection. There is also a fear of the Indian version of the corona being spread by people coming and going illegally.