CNI Desk: Some areas of five districts, including Dhaka, have been placed on fresh lockdown to prevent rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Lockdown began at Wari and Rajabazar in Dhaka, parts of Narayanganj, Gazipur and Narsingdi on Sunday and in Cox’s Bazaar on Saturday.
Local administration said lockdown will be strictly imposed in these districts as the number of the coronavirus-infected people is highly increasing in these areas.
During the lockdown, none would be allowed to enter and exist, local administration said.
Declaring three areas — ‘Jamtola, Amlapara and Bhuighar Rupayan Town in Fatullah’ in Narayanganj — as red zones, Deputy Commissioner Jashim Uddin has announced the fresh lockdown from 3:00pm on Sunday.
As per decision by the health department, the DC declared the lockdown in these areas.
Daily essentials will be provided door to door in the areas having higher Covid-19 infection cases, he said.
The Health Ministry is already working on marking out the most infection-prone areas in the corona hotspot Narayanganj.
The health ministry has found that these areas have a higher number of Corona infection cases, he added.
The mosques in these areas are not allowed to have more than six people for jamaats.
At the same time, daily essentials will be provided on vans or one or two shops will be kept open in an area.
District Civil Surgeon Mohammad Imtiaz Ahmed said the area-based lockdown will be strictly implemented this time so that no one can come out of the lockdown area under any circumstances.
The district administration, police and the civil surgeon’s office will jointly ensure the implementation, said the civil surgeon.
Imtiaz said Sonargaon and Roopganj upazilas are the most infection prone areas followed by the Narayanganj city corporation area.
Roopganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Momtaz Begum said the upazila is witnessing a growing number of corona infections every day.
He said Pirabo, Maikuli, Borabo, Noapara under the Tarabo municipality, Murparra village, Rishipara, Sorkarpara under Murpara union and Dakterpara under Kayetpara union have higher infection rates.
Most infection-prone areas will be marked as Red, Yellow and Green.
Red zone areas will be put under lockdown in cooperation with the upazila administration, health division and police, said UNO Momtaz.
Sonargaon Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Saidul Islam said Kachpur union and Mograpara union and some villages under Sonargaon municipality have been identified as high infection prone areas in cooperation with the health division.
Health Division’s Assistant Director Ayesha Akter said work on the zone division is underway in Narayanganj.
The areas with the most infection cases will be identified within the next two days.
Earlier on April 7, Narayanganj was the first district in Bangladesh to go on a complete lockdown as the industrial hub has recorded a cluster of dozens of coronavirus cases.
The move aims to strengthen efforts to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
The authorities there have already bolstered efforts to keep people at home and ensure home quarantine of the close contacts.
Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy also demanded that curfew be imposed in the city to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Besides, as a red zone over Covid-19 infection, a fresh lockdown for 15 days in Cox’s Bazar municipal area began from early Saturday.
The local administration on Friday announced the lockdown to be enforced till June 20 to contain the spread of the highly infectious disease.
No private vehicles or public transports, other than a very few bicycles and motorcycles, moved on the city roads on the very first day of the shutdown.
Police and army members were seen patrolling the town to enforce the lockdown effectively.
Police sources said the administration’s teams and volunteers are working to make the people aware of the dangerous situation.
Chakoria municipal area and part of Dulahazara union and part of Ukhiya upazila were selected as red zones and the lockdown will begin there from Saturday morning.
Ukhiya upazila administration selected part of Rohingya refugee camp area in Rajapalong and Palongkhali union as red zone. The areas will be locked down from Monday morning.
Cox’s Bazar Medical College detected 108 positive cases out of 348 patients with COVID-19 symptoms on Saturday.
Earlier on June 1, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said the government would formulate a plan soon to divide the country into red, green and yellow zones considering the Covid-19 infection rate.
He made this disclosure at a meeting of the ‘National Technical Advisory Committee to Check Covid-19’ at the Secretariat.
Bangladesh has been struggling with coronavirus pandemic for over three months. The country has so far reported 65,769 coronavirus cases and 888 deaths.