If food and other essentials are not supplied to the locked-down areas, the residents will be bound to go outside, deteriorating the corona situation further, health experts said.Briefing reporters after the cabinet meeting, Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said that Prime Minister also nodded a proposal of enforcing zone-wise lockdown in the country.
Amid the ongoing wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the healthy ministry placed the proposal before the Prime Minister marking the infected areas as red, yellow and green.
East Rajabazar area of the capital will be placed on complete lockdown tonight as it has already been marked as red zone for the intensity of the coronavirus transmission.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam in an online meeting confirmed the decision on Monday.
As per the DNCC meeting, it was informed that a complete lockdown would begin in East Rajabazar from 12 pm on Tuesday, DNCC sources said.
Since now, an area-wise lockdown will come into effect in Dhaka.However, rather than locking down large areas, lockdown will be declared in the smaller zones within those larger areas, where there is more infection.
Work has almost been finalised on dividing various areas into red, yellow and green zones, depending on the intensity of the coronavirus transmission, health department sources said.
With the Covid-19 cases increasing in the country, the government is now working to enforce a zone-based lockdown system by designating areas with colour-coded zones – red, yellow, and green – based on the number of cases reported.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain on Sunday told the media that the government has been working on a proposal to implement the zone-based lockdown system.
He said areas inside the capital with 30 infections per 100,000 people and areas outside the capital with ten confirmed cases per 100,000 people will be marked as “Red Zone.”
According to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), 24 areas inside Dhaka city reported above 100 cases of coronavirus infection till now.
These areas include Gulshan with 168 cases, Jatrabari with 396, Dhanmondi with 311, Mirpur with 654, Mohakhali with 466, Mohammadpur with 410, Kakrail with 300, Uttara with 448, among others.
In the first phase, two areas of the capital – Rajabazar and Wari – have been identified to be marked as red zones where strict restrictions will be enforced on all kinds of movement.
After a 66-day closure due to coronavirus, government and private offices reopened on 31 May. The virus transmission increased rapidly since then.
Outside Dhaka city, three areas in Narayanganj were placed on lockdown from Sunday.
Special arrangements will be made in the red zones for people to buy and sell essential commodities.
Meanwhile, mobile courts fined 42 people in different upazilas of Bagerhat for not wearing masks.
Mobile courts, led by executive magistrates, conducted drives in public transports and markets from morning to night and fined them TK 19,370, said Md Shahiduzzaman, additional district magistrate.
Earlier on 5 June, a total 23 people were fined Tk 24,700 and 42 people TK 21,800 on 6 June.
Bangladesh has allowed public transport operations on highways and metropolitan cities on some specific conditions.
Meanwhile, passengers, drivers, helpers were told to maintain three feet physical distance while travelling and everyone was asked to wear mask outside home.