Dinajpur goes into lockdown

Staff Correspondent

16 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A weeklong lockdown has been imposed on Dinajpur Sadar Upazila to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The lockdown began at 6:00am on Tuesday and will continue until the midnight of June 21.

Local administration announced the lockdown after a meeting of the District Corona Prevention Committee on Sunday night.

On Tuesday morning, all businesses in the upazila town, except grocery shops, kitchen markets and pharmacies, were found closed.

However, different types of vehicles were seen plying on the roads.

The overall scenario is not that of a strict lockdown, but police, led by the executive magistrate, were seen patrolling the whole area.

Meanwhile, local administration imposed strict restrictions on Hili Land Port area under Hakimpur Upazila of the district for a week to tackle the surge in Covid-19 transmission.

The restrictions also came into force at 6am on Tuesday and will continue until 4pm on June 21.

At the Corona Preventive Committee meeting, Hakimpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mohammad Nur-e-Alam took the decision to impose strict restrictions on the area.

The weeklong restrictions will not hamper export-import activities between Bangladesh and India, which will continue on a limited scale following all Covid-19 safety protocols.

According to the Dinajpur civil surgeon, 16 people have so far died of Covid-19 in the district in June. In the last 24 hours, the district reported one death, taking the death toll to 144.

Meanwhile, the ongoing lockdown in Natore has been extended for seven more days, until June 22.

The decision was taken on Tuesday at a meeting of the District Coronavirus Prevention Committee.

Earlier, seven-day lockdowns were imposed on the municipal areas of Natore and Singra on June 9.