June 18, 2021


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No one on St. Martin’s Island has been hit by the corona yet

Corona infection is on the rise in Cox’s Bazar municipality. As of May 31, the municipality is at the top of the district with 3,245 corona patients. The second position is in Ukhia. The number of infected people here is 1,250 and the third place is Teknaf with 925 corona patients.

However, no one on St. Martin’s Island in the Bay of Bengal has yet been affected by the corona. The life of the people there is also normal. The population of this island of Teknaf upazila is about 10 thousand. Masudur Rahman, an inspector at the St. Martin’s police outpost, claimed that the situation was due to the open environment and the closure of the island.

Infections are on the rise in Cox’s Bazar Municipality as well as Ukhia and Teknaf. Strict lockdown has been imposed in these two upazilas from April 23 to June 6 to prevent infection. In addition to strict surveillance in 34 asylum camps of 11 lakh Rohingyas, strict lockdown is going on in 5 Rohingya camps.

Analyzing the data from the Civil Surgeon’s Office, it was found that 98,790 people (including 43,530 Rohingyas) had been tested in eight upazilas and three municipalities of the district till May 31. Among them, 10,347 people (1,217 Rohingyas) have been identified as Corona. 112 people died in Corona (18 Rohingya). Apart from Rohingya, out of 9,131 corona patients in the district, 4,545 are in Sadar upazila including Cox’s Bazar municipality, 1,250 in Ukhia, 925 in Teknaf, 85 in Chakaria, 638 in Ramu, 625 in Maheshkhali, 284 in Pekua and 110 in Kutubdia.

Of the
98 deaths in Corona in eight upazilas of the district, 56 were in Cox’s Bazar municipality, 56 in Sadar upazila and 11 in Teknaf. St. Martin’s is not on the list of these 11 people.

According to the Teknaf Upazila Health Complex, 2,833 samples have been tested in Teknaf till May 31. 925 people have been identified. None of this is from St. Martin’s Island. Of the 2,833 samples, about 600 were from St. Martin. At least 300 of them were from the Navy, Coast Guard and police.
Cox’s Bazar Medical College principal Anupam Barua said the city has a large population. A few kilometers away from the beach, four to five lakh people gather on holidays for a few days, and hygiene is not observed. Due to this the infection is increasing. On the other hand, the small island in the Bay of Bengal has an open environment and limited movement of outsiders. That’s why St. Martin’s Island is protected.

Expressing the same view, the chairman of St. Martin’s Union Parishad (UP), Nur Ahmed, said that the sea is very rough in June-July. The Teknaf-St. Martin waterway is also closed at this time. The security of the island will be further ensured if outsiders stop coming and going on the island.

Civil Surgeon Mahbubur Rahman said St. Martin had had tourist controls since February. In the beginning, people were made aware to follow the hygiene rules, they were encouraged to wear masks, and the people of the island had less contact with outsiders. That is why the island is safe.

In the
blaze caused by the normal cyclone Yas, people hang out all the time on the only jetty to get to and from St. Martin’s Island. In the morning, afternoon and night, people of different ages come to the jetty and see the scars of the cyclone. Enjoying the colorful fish (wandering) in the blue waters of the calm sea (below the jetty). Standing at the far end of the jetty, it covers an area of ​​at least three kilometers north-south of the island. There is no such thing as a coral island full of biodiversity. This image of the island can be viewed using a virtual zoom line.

In the afternoon, five young men from the island were playing ludu in a circle on a part of the jetty. No one has a mask on their face, social distance is not being maintained. When asked about the reason, Kefayat Ullah, a young man from the sports team, said, “Don’t go to St. Martin, everything is normal.

Gatherings of 30-40 people in a few more groups in different parts of the jetty which is about 800 feet long. None of them have a mask on their face. There is no panic about corona infection.
“We are not allowing anyone from outside to come to the island,” said Masudur Rahman, an inspector at the St. Martin’s police outpost. That is why the people of the island are safe.