The marginalised would need relief during lockdown

ডেইলি স্টার সম্পাদকীয় প্রকাশিত: ০৫ এপ্রিল ২০২১, ০০:০০

It was only a matter of time before the country went into a lockdown, once again. The question is why did it not come sooner, given the sharp increase in the positivity rate of infection over the last several weeks. However, in a situation like this, the government has to decide between health and the economy. Naturally health gets the preference. But as we had cautioned last year when the country went into a lockdown for the first time, that the economic consequences would linger much longer after the last casualty of the virus has been buried. Hardly have we recovered from the economic slide and we have been hit once again, this time harder, unfortunately. The government has issued dos and don'ts yesterday, but the contradictions remain. For example, we have not heard about the status of the Boi Mela. Although the lockdown is for only seven days, unless it is enforced strictly, the measure will be meaningless. We would hope the administration has drawn lessons from the first lockdown.

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