CNI Desk: Three upazilas of Bandarban: Lama, Alikadom and Naikhongchhari were declared to be under lockdown from 8pm today, according to district officials.

“We declared the three upazilas to be under lockdown as one coronavirus patient was identified in Cox’s Bazaar today, which is near to Bandarban”, said Md. Shamim Hossain, Additional Deputy Commissioner (general) of Bandarban.

The Daily Star obtained a copy of the lockdown directive of Lama upazila, which clarifies that there are possibilities of the coronavirus spreading as the link roads between Cox’s Bazar’s Ramu and Chakaria upazila with Bandarban’s Lama upazila are open.

The letter also said the upazila is declared under lockdown from today 8pm until further notice.

“No one will be allowed to enter Bandarban, and people are barred from leaving home except to buy food or essentials during the lockdown period,” said ADC Shamim.

Contacted, Bandarban police super Zarin Akther said, “As one coronavirus infected patient has been found in Cox’s Bazar, we are limiting public movement.”