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Covid-19 spike: Rallies, religious programs banned in Chittagong

  • Published at 07:57 pm March 21st, 2021
Chittagong Deputy Commissioner (DC) Md Mominur Rahman addresses the monthly meeting of the District Development Coordination Committee at the Circuit House on Sunday, March 21, 2021 Courtesy

No more than 100 people will be allowed to gather at any social or political program in clubs, community centres, convention halls, hotels or restaurants

Chittagong's district administration has imposed a ban on holding rallies and mass gatherings, including religious programs, to contain further transmission of Covid-19.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Md Mominur Rahman issued the directive in a monthly meeting at the Chittagong Circuit House on Sunday afternoon as the daily Covid-19 infection rate continues to float above 10%.

No more than 100 people will be allowed to gather at any social or political program in clubs, community centres, convention halls, hotels or restaurants, said a press release issued in this regard.

“We’re seeing a sudden surge in infection because people aren’t following the health guidelines,” the DC said, adding that people must maintain at least one-metre distance from each other at programs held on a limited scale.

Letters have been sent to the owners of community centres and restaurants in this regard, Mominur said. “The instruction will remain in force until further notice,” he added.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque on February 15 said his ministry had sent letters to districts, directing officials concerned to impose fines on people flouting health guidelines.

Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh recorded 22 more coronavirus-related deaths and 2,172 new cases in the last 24 hours until Sunday morning.

The infection rate rose to 10.29% which was 9.39% a day earlier. Covid-19 infection rate fell below 3% earlier this year but shot up again on February 9.

Also Read - Bangladesh records 2,172 Covid-19 cases, 22 deaths in 24 hours

So far, the country has recorded 8,690 fatalities and 570,878 cases, according to a handout by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The mortality rate stood at 1.52% for the third consecutive day.

Vaccination drive in Bangladesh

Bangladesh started its countrywide vaccination drive on February 7.

By Sunday, 4,840,969 people received the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The second dose has to be taken between eight and 12 weeks of the first one.

The government signed an agreement with India's Serum Institute for acquiring 30 million doses.

Serum will provide five million doses every month between January and June. 

For now, people aged 40 years or above can register at www.surokkha.gov.bd.

Health Minister Maleque said the age limit would be revised when more doses will be available.

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