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Coronavirus: Residents protest against quarantine centre in Uttara

Two quarantine facilities have been set up at Ashkona Hajj Camp and Rajuk Apartment Project at Diabari

Update : 20 Mar 2020, 03:37 PM

Residents of Diabari in Dhaka's Uttara area have staged a demonstration against the government decision of setting up a quarantine centre in their locality. 

Several hundreds of people took to the streets on Friday protesting against the quarantine facility and demanded the government review the decision.

The decision to set up a quarantine centre for the coronavirus affected individuals in a residential area is not prudential, they said.

Around 3,000 to 4,000 people live in the area and the government's move to set up such facility would put them in danger, they added.

Turag police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Nurul Muttakin said: "We are discussing the matter with them and trying to convince them so that they leave the spot."

As part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus, the government on Thursday authorized army to supervise two quarantine facilities, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement. 

One quarantine centre has been set up at Ashkona Hajj Camp adjacent to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, while the other at Rajuk Apartment Project at Diabari in Uttara Sector 18.

All returnees would be screened at the airport and individuals selected by the Health Ministry would be handed over to the army for quarantine after completion of the immigration procedure.

The individuals will then be transported to the quarantine facilities from the airport and the army will supervise the completion of their digital data entry, arrangement of meal, accommodation, treatment, and other necessary services during the quarantine period, the statement added.

The fast spreading coronavirus has claimed over 10,000 lives and infected more than 245,000 people across the world, according to the worldometer. 

Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi died of the Covid-19 and 17 others have so far been infected.

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