COVID waste everywhere

  • A discarded surgical mask used for protection against the coronavirus pandemic lies among a pile of paper waste at the state guesthouse Padma on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A discarded surgical mask used for protection against the coronavirus pandemic lies among a pile of paper waste at the state guesthouse Padma on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Used gloves are left on the ground in front of the main gate to Dhaka’s Holy Family Red Crescent Hospital on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Used gloves are left on the ground in front of the main gate to Dhaka’s Holy Family Red Crescent Hospital on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Used PPE is left next to general waste at Dhaka’s Holy Family Red Crescent Hospital on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Used PPE is left next to general waste at Dhaka’s Holy Family Red Crescent Hospital on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A used mask lies on the ground in an open area at Dhaka’s Holy Family Red Crescent Hospital on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A used mask lies on the ground in an open area at Dhaka’s Holy Family Red Crescent Hospital on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A used mask lies on Eskaton Garden Road on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. In addition to the risk of spreading the coronavirus, the discarded mask also harms the environment. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A used mask lies on Eskaton Garden Road on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. In addition to the risk of spreading the coronavirus, the discarded mask also harms the environment. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A used surgical mask lies on the ground next to the BSMMU COVID-19 Vaccine Centre on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A used surgical mask lies on the ground next to the BSMMU COVID-19 Vaccine Centre on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Two men hawk protective masks and other goods in front of BIRDEM Hospital in Shahbagh on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Two discarded masks lie on the footpath. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Two men hawk protective masks and other goods in front of BIRDEM Hospital in Shahbagh on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Two discarded masks lie on the footpath. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A man walks by a discarded mask on the footpath in the Dhaka University area on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A man walks by a discarded mask on the footpath in the Dhaka University area on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A discarded mask is left on the grass at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. In addition to the pandemic risk, this waste can also harm the environment. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A discarded mask is left on the grass at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. In addition to the pandemic risk, this waste can also harm the environment. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A mask discarded by some passerby is tangled among some vines at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A mask discarded by some passerby is tangled among some vines at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A discarded mask lies on the ground near the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. In addition to the pandemic risk, the mask also harms the environment. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A discarded mask lies on the ground near the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. In addition to the pandemic risk, the mask also harms the environment. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove