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Shutdown and lockdown again if COVID-19 situation deteriorates

 Shahadat Rakib

 Published: 01:45 PM, 3 June 2020   Updated: 02:44 PM, 3 June 2020

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After a long nationwide shutdown or general holiday for more than two months, normal activities have been started to a limited extent from May 31, however, the lethal coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the country is deteriorating day by day, resulting in the announcement of the general holiday may be given again. Besides, there will also be a lockdown announcement. 

Such a hint has been found from several responsible sources of the government, saying, “The situation is being monitored.” 

The government will take action according to the situation. However, if the number of COVID-19 patients continues to increase day by day, the general holiday will be extended again, they said.

A government minister, reluctant to disclose the name, said the situation was being closely monitored. “If this level of infection increases further, the general holiday will be declared again. Besides, lockdown will also be given. Strict measures will also be taken to make these effective. Everything depends on the situation,” he added.  

Meanwhile, the country will be divided into red, green, and yellow zones as per the number of coronavirus infections and mortality. Activities have already started on the issue. 

It is learned that the areas which are most prone to COVID-19 infection will be identified as red zones. Strict restrictions will be imposed on people going out of the area. The government will also take the initiative to restrict the entry of people in the red zone from outside. 

Areas with low COVID-19 infection will be marked as yellow zones. The spread of the infection will be prevented by locking down the homes of the infected in these areas. 

And in the areas where the virus patients have not been found yet, arrangements will be made so that no one from outside can enter.

Regarding this, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said the zone has not been created yet. Dhaka, Narayanganj, Gazipur, and Chattogram have been most affected. “If any zones need to be marked as red – these zones will be the first. However, experts will determine which area will fall under which zone.”

Asked if there was any decision on area-based lockdown, he said everything would be done through the zone. “Where there will be more infections it will be kept off for a few days. But we will follow the advice of the experts,” he added. 

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the number of tests is increasing day by day and the number of patients is also increasing. This trend must be stopped. That is why we will make a plan as per the advice of the Prime Minister. This issue has been discussed in principle. The plan will be implemented jointly by the City Corporation, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Ministry of Health.

He added that the zones would be divided as per the advice of experts. “The zone that will be most infected will be closed for a while. We will follow the advice of experts,” he also said.