Savar and Tungipara upazilas were also locked down
The spread and rising number of coronavirus cases forced local administrations to lock down two more districts on Friday to prevent further transmission of the virus.
Respective deputy commissioners (DC) and district committees on coronavirus control and prevention in Moulvibazar and Netrokona issued notices in this regard on Monday.
They said the lockdown will remain effective until further notice.
“The lockdown will go into effect from 5pm today,” she said.
“People will neither be allowed to enter nor leave the district by road or waterway,” said Moulvibazar DC Nazia Shirin.
She also added that people cannot travel between upazilas in the district.
Legal action will be taken against anyone who defies these restrictions.
However, all emergency services including healthcare, and transport of agriculture and food products will be exempt from the restriction.
The DC said the police will see to it that the conditions of the lockdown are followed strictly.
Earlier, the district confirmed one coronavirus case.
Netrokona DC Moinul Islam made the lockdown announcement on Monday around 11.30am.
The announcement came after four people in the district tested positive for coronavirus—two on April 10 and two on April 12. The DC said the lockdown will remain in effect until further notice.
He added that people must remain within the confines of their homes and no one will be allowed to enter or leave the district.
The DC also urged everyone to follow the directives given by the government to curb the infection rate of the virus.
Two upazilas locked down
Between Sunday and Monday, Savar and Tungipara upazilas were put under lockdown by local authorities.
Savar’s lockdown went into effect from Monday morning.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Parvejur Rahman directed concerned union parishad chairmen, members, and volunteers to lock down the Aminbazar border, Kaundia, Bhakurta’s Mograkanda, Bottola, Hazratpur Bridge, and Kashimpur border.
People of other districts and upazilas use the roads through Savar, putting people of Savar at risk of contracting the virus.
This is why police have started patrolling Aminbazar and other entrances on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway, according to upazila administration sources.
Gopalganj district administration has locked down Tungipara upazila.
DC Shahida Sultana made the announcement on Sunday afternoon.
Checkposts will be set up on the entrances and exits to the upazila, she said.
UNO Nakib Hasan Tarafder said three people from the upazila have tested positive for Covid-19.
“People from affected areas like Dhaka and Narayanganj frequently come here, which is making people panic. The upazila has been brought under lockdown to ensure that people do not come or leave here,” he said.
Our correspondents Saiful Islam, Moulvibazar, Hanif Ullah Akash, Netrokona, Nadim Hossain, Savar, and Manoj Saha, Gopalganj, contributed to this report.