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Coping with the 'new normal' in Bangladesh

The pandemic has provided lessons on the need for cooperation, generosity and mutual support

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Coping with the 'new normal' in Bangladesh

A volunteer sprays water mixed with disinfectant in Bangadeshi capital Dhaka on April 4 during the Covid-19 shutdown. (Photo: Stephan Uttom/UCA News)

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For Kamil Mardy, the coronavirus pandemic has brought a reservoir of great lessons on good thoughts and the value of life.

“Coronavirus has greatly changed my life and taught me values. My life lacked adequate discipline, awareness and cleanliness. Today, I am more disciplined, conscious and hygienic thanks to it. I have adjusted well with the new normal situation,” Mardy, 50, told UCA News.

Mardy, 50, is an ethnic Santal Catholic and member of St. John Mary Vianney Church in Mundumala, a rural area of Rajshahi district. The father of two is the headmaster of Mundumala Government High School. He was confined at home with his family until May 31 when the government decided to lift the nationwide Covid-19 shutdown.

Since then, the government has slowly lifted restrictions on movements, transport, businesses, offices and public gatherings on condition of following mandatory health guidelines including physical distancing, use of masks, personal protective equipment and disinfectants. However, closure of all education institutes, which started on March 17, still continues.

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