//Bangladesh funeral attracts 100,000 folks, shattering coronavirus social distancing guidelines

Bangladesh funeral attracts 100,000 folks, shattering coronavirus social distancing guidelines

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A funeral for a Bangladeshi non secular chief drew round 100,000 folks in defiance of nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

Police reported that mourners didn’t put on masks or gloves as they crowded the Sarail district in Brahmanbaria on Saturday to pay their respects to Maulana Jubayer Ahmed Ansari, a senior official of an Islamist get together.

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Muslim devotees attend a funeral prayer for an Islamic preacher during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Brahmanbaria also known as Sarail on April 18, 2020. - Tens of thousands of people defied a nationwide coronavirus lockdown in Bangladesh on April 18 to attend the funeral of a top Islamic preacher, even as authorities battle a surge in virus cases. (Photo by STR / AFP) / To go with 'BANGLADESH-PANDEMIC-ISLAM' (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Muslim devotees attend a funeral prayer for an Islamic preacher throughout a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a safety measure towards the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Brahmanbaria often known as Sarail on April 18, 2020. – Tens of hundreds of individuals defied a nationwide coronavirus lockdown in Bangladesh on April 18 to attend the funeral of a high Islamic preacher, whilst authorities battle a surge in virus instances. (Picture by STR / AFP) / To go along with ‘BANGLADESH-PANDEMIC-ISLAM’ (Picture by STR/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

Bangladesh has struggled to manage the pandemic, resulting in strict lockdown measures. Authorities officers have been assured the funeral would observe social distancing guidelines.

“The madrasa authorities instructed us they’d guarantee social distancing, which didn’t become the case. We’ll look into it,” Deputy Commissioner Hayat-ud-Doula Khan told the Dhaka Tribune.

Police have been unable to deal with the big variety of folks attending the final rites.

“We had repeatedly asked them to ensure social distancing. Announcements through megaphones were made in the area to that end. Despite all-out efforts from our part, it was not possible to maintain the social distancing rules,” stated Further Superintendent of Police Md Alamgir Hossain.

“The law cannot be enforced on tens of thousands of people,” Hossain stated.

Police suspended several senior officers for failing to disperse the gang.

Bangladesh has imposed a nationwide lockdown since March 26, with a restriction of not more than 5 folks allowed to congregate in prayer in a mosque.

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As of Sunday, Bangladesh had 2,456 confirmed coronavirus instances, with 91 deaths.