Recent WHO data show significant rise in Covid infections in districts that share borders with or are close to India
An expert panel of the government’s Health Directorate has recommended putting seven districts bordering India under strict lockdown in order to curb the recent spike in Covid-19 infections in those parts.
During a meeting on Saturday, the Epidemiology and Public Health Committee suggested a complete lockdown for the districts of Naogaon, Natore, Satkhira, Jessore, Rajshahi, Kushtia and Khulna, said Health Directorate spokesperson Prof Robed Amin.
Northern district of Chapainawabganj has been under lockdown since May 24 after infection rate rose to 50%.
The panel also recommended suspension of bus services to and from the districts, Prof Amin told Dhaka Tribune on Sunday.
The Cabinet Division might make a decision on the recommendation as early as Sunday, he said.
Recent figures from the World Health Organization show a significant rise in coronavirus infections in districts that share borders with or are close to India.
Besides Chapainawabganj, 14 other border districts with higher infection rates include Chuadanga, Naogaon, Rajshahi and Jessore.