Ukhiya lockdown extended for another 7 days
Published: 03:59 PM, 7 June 2021 Updated: 07:59 PM, 7 June 2021
Ukhiya Rohingya camp; File Photo
The ongoing lockdown in four wards of Rajapalong union in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar has been extended for another seven days. The lockdown will be effective in wards 2, 5, 6 and 9 from Monday to June 13. Besides, strict restrictions will be imposed on the entire Ukhiya upazila.
Confirming the matter on Monday afternoon, Ukhiya UNO Nizam Uddin Ahmed said the decision to extend the lockdown period and increase strict restrictions was taken as per the view of the District Committee on Coronavirus Prevention due to the recent alarming rise in COVID outbreak in Rohingya camps and Ukhiya upazila.
“Long-distance buses will ply 50 percent passengers during the restrictions. Ongoing ban on hats, shops and public transport will also remain in force. Everyone must wear a mask if they need to go out of the house.”
The UNO added NGOs operating in the host community can only provide “essential emergency services” subject to the permission of the upazila administration. INGOs/NGOs operating in Rohingya camps will follow the instructions given by the Office of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC).
Earlier, a lockdown was declared from 12 am on June 1 to 12:00 am on June 7, marking the four wards of Ukhiya Rajapalong Union as “red zones”.
Till June 5, about 2,443 Covid-19 patients were detected in Ukhiya upazila. Among them 1,315 patients are locals and 1,128 are Rohingyas.