The COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Reality of Quarantine, Isolation and Social Distancing for the Returnee Migrants in Bangladesh

International Journal of Migration Research and Development, Volume 6, Issue 1, 2020

17 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2020

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Kazi Abdul Mannan

Green University of Bangladesh

Dr Khandaker Mursheda Farhana

Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology

Date Written: April 01, 2020

Abstract

The fundamental objective of this study is to examine how much quarantine, isolation and social distance have been applied and complied with in the case of Bangladeshi returnees to prevent infection and spread during the initial stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was conducted during the period of 1st February to 31st March, 2020 of total 3,281 respondents were participated from eight administrative division of Bangladesh. The study found that the three of the compliance with health regulations, including 14 days of quarantine, isolation and maintaining social distance, are severely hampered. Indifference has been seen among the returnees in the same way that the government has failed to comply with the above three measures from the very beginning. Therefore, this study realizes with deep sadness that in the coming days, there is a good chance that the COVID-19 epidemic in Bangladesh will reach a large scale. This huge influx of returnee could spread the epidemic in Bangladesh at once. The arrival checkpoints in Bangladesh, from where they came to their homes and the type of transport they have come in contact with, are expected to gradually spread everywhere. Thus, the study suggests that the current level of health and medical care in Bangladesh, as well as the densely populated country could lead to a catastrophic epidemic that could be more severe than any other country.

Keywords: COVID-19, pandemic, quarantine, isolation, social distancing, migration

JEL Classification: I15, I18

Suggested Citation

Mannan, Kazi Abdul and Farhana, Dr Khandaker Mursheda, The COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Reality of Quarantine, Isolation and Social Distancing for the Returnee Migrants in Bangladesh (April 01, 2020). International Journal of Migration Research and Development, Volume 6, Issue 1, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3675379

Kazi Abdul Mannan

Green University of Bangladesh ( email )

220/D, Begum Rokeya Sarani
West Kafrul, Dhaka 1207
Bangladesh

Dr Khandaker Mursheda Farhana (Contact Author)

Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology ( email )

Dhaka, 1230
Bangladesh

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