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Advisory Committee recommends strict lockdown in border districts

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:19 PM, 2 June 2021   Updated: 04:21 PM, 2 June 2021

Advisory Committee recommends strict lockdown in border districts

Advisory Committee recommends strict lockdown in border districts

The National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 has recommended a strict regional lockdown in border districts and highly infected areas to curb coronavirus (Covid-19) infection. 

This information has been given in a notification of the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 on Tuesday night. The notification called everyone to stay at home unless emergency services.

The committee also suggested giving the power to the local administration to increase the number of patrols and take immediate action, ranging from shutting down inter-district public transport.

These suggestions were given at the meeting of the advisory committee on May 30 and 31. The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam, Health Services Secretary Lokman Hossain Mia, and Director General of the Department of Health Dr. Abul Basar Mohammad Khurshid Alam.

The meeting discussed that the situation in Covid-19 has deteriorated the most in the border districts, especially in Chapainawabganj, Natore, Rajshahi, Naogaon, Satkhira, Jashore, Khulna, and Bagerhat. There has been a high rate of infection.

Health experts say the presence of Indian variants at the community level could pose a major challenge to the medical system in the event of a large-scale infection. As seen in many developed countries. Neighboring India is now going through such a challenge.

Additional Director General of the Department of Health Dr Nasima Sultana said that many recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee have already been implemented.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Zahid Maleque expressed concern that infections and deaths are on the rise in border districts. As a result, delays in enforcing strict lockdown will exacerbate the crisis.

However, on the issue of imposing strict lockdown in border districts, the cabinet secretary told reporters that the local administration has already been instructed to take a decision in this regard.

Meanwhile, the pressure on hospitals is increasing due to the increase of infections in the border districts. Authorities announced a local lockdown in several areas of Khulna on Wednesday. Earlier, a lockdown was announced in Chapainawabganj district.

Although there are restrictions on movement across the country till June 6, virtually all types of vehicles, planes, launches, trains are running, shopping malls, business establishments are open.

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