Until Friday, the novel coronavirus has so far infected 424 people in Bangaladesh. Among them, 27 died while 33 recovered, according to health reports
The spread and rising number of coronavirus cases have forced local administrations to put five more districts under lockdown on Friday to prevent further transmission.
Respective deputy commissioners and district committees on coronavirus control and prevention in Gaibandha, Comilla, Chandpur, Kushtia and Noakhali issued notices in this regard.
“The lockdown will remain in effect until further notice,” read each notice.
Authorities stated that during the shutdown, no people or vehicle from Covid-19 infected areas including Dhaka, Narayanganj, Chittagong, Sylhet, Madaripur, and Gazipur will be allowed to enter the district.
Lockdown is an emergency measure that prohibits people from coming out of their homes with non-essential activities and traffic being shut. Only emergency services, pharmacies, and essential services operate during this period. The central bank on Thursday said bank branches in areas under lockdown will remain closed.
The drastic move helps to curb the spread of the virus as evident from various countries around the world, particularly China where coronavirus was first reported in December last year.
Until Friday, the novel coronavirus has so far infected 424 people in Bangladesh. Among them, 27 died while 33 recovered, according to health reports.
15 more die with coronavirus symptoms
At least 15 people suffering from symptoms similar to the novel coronavirus infection, including fever, cough and breathing complications, died in 13 districts between Thursday and yesterday.
The deceased include three in Bogra, one in Pabna, one in Rajshahi, one in Narsingdi, one in Sherpur, one in Joypurhat, one in Comilla, one in Brahmanbaria, one in Kurigram, one in Gaibandha, one in Noakhali, one in Feni, and one in Lakshmipur.
Samples collected from the deceased were sent to the nearest PCR lab to be tested for the presence of SARS-Cov-2 virus.
Meanwhile, areas in close proximity to the victim’s homes were locked down and were being monitored by upazila administration to track further cases of the virus.
Our district correspondents contributed to this report