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Schools close, fairs on amid Omicron surge in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Rufsa Hasina Afroze, a instructor and tutorial supervisor at a number one non-public faculty in Bangladesh’s capital was relieved to see college students return to its campus in September after it was closed for 543 days due to the pandemic.

It was solely a short respite from on-line studying. With the latest surge in coronavirus circumstances largely due to the Omicron variant, authorities have ordered the faculties to shut as soon as extra.

“It was not the same campus, but still we were happy to return,” she stated. “During the entire interval, I missed my college students and colleagues. It was an enormous problem for me to regulate to the brand new actuality.”

The closure initially was only for two weeks, till Feb 6. But on Wednesday, Education Minister Dipu Moni introduced it was to be prolonged for an additional two weeks.

Many lecturers and college students are upset.

“Again, we have been confined, our children are not able to come to school. Omicron is spreading, so of course there is a valid reason,” Afroze stated. “We have gone back to online classes. It is surely not satisfying. Without students, campus becomes lifeless.”

The faculty closures are elevating eyebrows at a time when Bangladesh continues to be permitting enterprise occasions like a month-long commerce truthful that started final month.

Thousands of tourists have flocked every day to the exhibition of furnishings, handicrafts, electronics and different items, with scant regard for well being pointers.

An annual, month-long guide truthful is more likely to open someday in February in Dhaka, drawing 1000’s extra guests.

Experts say the dearth of consistency is illogical and undermines pandemic precautions.

“If recreation centres and community centers are open, then ordering the educational institutions to be closed is contradictory, because educational institutions are rather more essential than recreation centers or trade fairs,” stated Liaquat Ali, a biomedical scientist and advisor to the Dhaka-based Pothikrit Institute of Health Studies.

“So, I don’t see any coordination in these orders,” he stated.

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