Strict lockdown suggested for 7 border districts

Closure of border with India extended until Jun 14

Special Correspondent

31 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A strict lockdown has been suggested for seven more border districts of Bangladesh to prevent the spread of the Indian variant of Covid-19.

A committee of health experts at the Directorate General of Health Services has given the suggestion as Covid-19 cases are increasing rapidly in the border districts.

The government has recently imposed a strict restriction in Chapainawabganj where the Indian variant of Covid-19 was spiking alarmingly. Other border districts witnessing the growing cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 are Satkhira, Jashore, Kushtia, Khulna, Rajshahi, Naogaon and Natore.

To combat the sudden spike in the corona cases, the committee has suggested that a stricter lockdown be imposed in seven more districts near the Indian border.

They said the disease is spreading in those districts. To keep people safe and secure, lockdown measures should be implemented in those border districts.

All shops, excluding pharmacies, should be kept closed and all vehicular movements kept stopped during this lockdown period.

Vehicles from other districts won't be allowed to enter these districts and won't leave the districts during this period, they have suggested.

The committee has suggested a strict lockdown in seven districts near the Indian border to combat a rise in coronavirus cases, Health Directorate spokesman Prof Robed Amin told journalists.

A decision may be announced soon, he added.

Chapainawabganj was the first border district to go into strict lockdown.

On Monday, local administration put Chapainawabganj district under a seven-day strict lockdown following a surge in Covid-19 infections.

The measure came after the district, which shares border with West Bengal, reported an alarming 55 per cent positivity rate out of tested samples, Deputy Commissioner Monjurul Hafeez told a press briefing.

He described the virus situation in the district as “severe.” He implied that Indian variant of the virus might be responsible for the surge.

“The Indian variant may have spread in the district despite ensuring a 14-day institutional quarantine for all India returnees.”

The Cabinet Division, meanwhile, has announced that the national lockdown restrictions will be extended until June 6.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has extended closure of its border with India by 14 days from June 1.

As per the decision, Bangladesh border with India will remain closed until June 14, but movement of cargoes carrying goods will remain uninterrupted.

The movement of passengers through the border has remained suspended since April 26.

Bangladesh has recorded 1,444 new infections of coronavirus in a day, taking the tally to 798,830.

The death toll rose by 34 in the same period to 12,583, according to the latest government data released on Sunday.