Security tightens in Dhaka street, police-army on field
Published: 01:28 PM, 26 March 2020
Police are working to prevent public gatherings and ensuring that people do not go out unnecessarily to prevent the coronavirus that is spread worldwide. The army is also on the field.
Police have taken control of all areas of Dhaka city since Thursday morning. People are being questioned by the police if anyone goes out on the street without emergency.
However, emergency services, including newspapers, remain unaffected.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Shafiqul Islam told the media that police are working to ensure that nobody could go outside unless an emergency. “But those who need to go out urgently can go without being feared.”
Police sources said police officers had met with army officers at various phases over the situation. Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Javed Patwari directed the officers through a video conference on Wednesday. He later told to ensure that people cannot go out on the streets from Thursday.
Meanwhile, the armed forces have started working to maintain social distance from Tuesday. Armed forces are patrolling the streets. They are going to different areas to ensure the quarantine of citizens.
Noted that the death toll from the pandemic coronavirus has risen to 21,302. The number of affected is 472,037, of them - 114,714 recovered after treatment. The virus has spread to 198 countries and regions of the world.
In Bangladesh, five lost lives over coronavirus with 39 confirmed cases and seven people recovered after treatment.