Spl lockdown to be imposed in areas with high infections

C’nawabganj goes into 7-day strict lockdown

Mohammad Al Amin

25 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government has taken a decision to impose a zone-based special lockdown in specific areas based on a high Covid-19 positivity rate to check further spread of the pandemic disease.

“If the coronavirus infection positive rate is 30-35 percent or above in any area, a special lockdown will be imposed in the zone,” Dr Md Robed Amin, a spokesperson for the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told the Daily Sun.

He said such a special lockdown has been imposed in Chapainawabganj as the Covid-19 positivity rate of over 35 percent has been detected there.

“Although the countrywide lockdown is going on now, special attention will be paid in the zone where the special lockdown will be imposed,” Robed Amin, also Line Director (NCDC) of the DGHS, added.

Chapainawabganj district administration has declared a complete lockdown following the deteriorating coronavirus pandemic situation in the district.

The lockdown will come into effect from Monday midnight and will continue until May 30, the district administration sources said.

Chapainawabganj Deputy Commissioner Md Monjurul Hafiz on Monday told newsmen that the special lockdown will be effective for seven days from Monday midnight.

“The public transport movement will remain totally closed during the lockdown while no public transport can leave or enter district. However, emergency services will remain out of the purview of the strict restriction,” he said.

Monjurul Hafiz said the shops and markets except medicine shops and essential commodities will remain closed during the lockdown.

The district administration sources said initially the special lockdown has been imposed for seven days, but it may be extended if necessary in the next to check the spread of the coronavirus infection.

The rate of Covid-19 positivity rate in the district has been on the rise since May 16 and it has increased a bit over the last two days. Sometimes the positivity rate was 55 percent, sometimes a little more than that, sometimes a little less, the sources added.

It was noticed that a consistently upward trend of positivity rate was detected in the area and considering the situation, a separate lockdown has been imposed there, the local

administration said.

Chapainawabganj which shares border with West Bengal of India reported 59 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours till Monday morning raising the total number of the infected patients to 1,265 in the district so far, the local health office sources said.

Monjurul Hafiz also said the Indian variant of coronavirus might be responsible for the surge while the Indian variant may have spread in the district despite ensuring quarantine for all India returnees.

Meanwhile, amid a huge surge in Covid-19 cases in the region, a 10-day complete lockdown was imposed in Cox's Bazar's Teknaf upazila and a weeklong similar restrictions five Rohingya camps--2, 3, 4, and 15 -- and Teknaf camp number 24  in the district's Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas from May 21.

Chapainawabganj district administration’s announcement of strict lockdown came amid Covid restrictions imposed by the government. The fresh restrictions imposed by the government in early April against the backdrop of increasing Covid positive cases and deaths was extended several times.

The government on May 23 has further extended countrywide lockdown allowing long-distance buses, trains and launches across the country from Monday that will continue until May 30.

According to the restriction, government and private offices, and border with India remain closed, while shopping malls and shops can be kept open from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

Amid the fresh surge of the pandemic, the government first imposed a weeklong restriction on transport services on April 5 to contain the second wave of the pandemic. Later, the authorities extended the restrictions in phases to May 23.

However, the government on May 5 extended the lockdown for 11 more days, allowing intra-district transport services.

As the coronavirus situation has taken a serious turn in India, the government closed the borders with the neighbouring country from April 26.

According to the DGHS data, 7,90,521 coronavirus infected patients have been detected and 12,401 died in the country since after first detection of the Covid-19 cases on March 8 last year.