Several areas under lockdown

Staff Correspondent

7 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Local administrations in Narayanganj and Moulvibazar districts have imposed a virtual lockdown after the deaths of coronavirus infected residents as the bug slowly spread to Bangladesh’s 15 out of 64 districts, including capital Dhaka.

Narayanganj administration on Monday imposed virtual lockdown in the main city corporation area, a densely-populated commercial river port city.

A 55-year-old resident died of coronavirus in the area around 9 am on Saturday and was buried at Dhaka’s Khilgaon Taltola graveyard under the supervision of IEDCR, said Narayanganj Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Nahida Barik.

Although he died around 9:00am on Saturday, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) informed the local administration about the death around 1:00am on Sunday and asked to take measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the UNO said.

The administration’s initiatives came into effect a day after the city corporation Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy on Sunday requested the government to impose curfew in her corporation area.

Narayanganj deputy commissioner Jashim Uddin told journalists that the city corporation area came under virtual lockdown as movement of transports and people were restricted after a number of COVID-19 patients were detected in the area.

‘Though no lockdown was announced officially, the restriction amounts to lockdown. We have set up check-posts at all the entry and exit points of the localities of the city to prevent people from coming out of their houses and movement of any type of vehicles,’ local police said.

Residents of Dola, Bhangarhat, Syednagar, Akua and Ganeshpur villages have been put under isolation.

Directorate of Health Services director general M Abul Kalam Azad on an online news conference said they had identified several clusters at Basabo, Tolarbagh, and Mirpur in the capital,  places in Narayanganj city, Madaripur and Gaibandha districts and the areas were put under lockdown.

Mirpur division deputy commissioner of police Mostak Ahmed said that so far 40 buildings in Uttar Tolarbagh, few buildings in Shah Ali Bagh, Kalawalapara, Kafrul, Mirpur-11 and Mirpur-13 were put under lockdown.

Police placed a neighbourhood in Dhaka’s Mirpur 1 under lockdown on the day as an elderly couple was tested positive for coronavirus infection, said Mirpur police station officer-in-charge Mostafijur Rahman.

The couple was staying on the second floor of a building located in Shah Ali Bagh and they were taken to Kuwait-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital, said the police officer.

Meanwhile, local administration locked down five villages in Moulvibazar’s Rajnagar upazila on Sunday night, a day after a coronavirus patient died there.

The measure has been taken to prevent spread of the coronavirus, she added.

A 45-year-old shopkeeper, a resident of Akua village, died with coronavirus-like symptoms on Saturday morning.

On the same day, a rapid response team collected samples from the deceased’s body and his family members and sent those to Dhaka for Covid-19 test.

On Sunday night, a virologist from Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed that the man tested positive for coronavirus, Rajnagar Upazila Health Complex official Barnali Das told the journalists.

The administration started miking last night to make villagers aware about coronavirus, said Tengra union Chairman Tipu Khan.

Meanwhile, nine members of Tabligh Jamaat were put in isolation inside a mosque, in Patuakhali Sadar upazila, on Sunday night.

Locals have been asked not to go to the mosque for the next 14 days.

Md Zayed, who is heading a nine-member team of Tabligh Jamaat, said they started a trip from Markaz Jam-e-Mosque of Patuakhali Sadar upazila 48 days back.

They went to Ballabpur Jam-e-Mosque in the same upazila on April 3, he said.

On information, Patuakhali Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer and Executive Magistrate Latifa Jannati went there around 8:30pm on Sunday and locked down the mosque.

She asked the nine persons—seven from Patuakhali and one each from Barishal and Bagerhat—to stay in isolation inside the mosque for the next 14 days.