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Covid-19 'lockdown' extended in 3 northern districts

Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Naogaon to remain under the curbs to stem the rise of Covid-19 infections

Update : 17 Jun 2021, 12:09 AM

With no respite from Covid-19 deaths and infections in sight, the ongoing all-out lockdown in Rajshahi city has been extended for another week. 

Meanwhile, the restrictions on public gathering and movement in two of its neighbouring districts — Chapainawabganj and Naogaon — have also been extended for another week.

The decision was made in a meeting held at the district’s Circuit House on Wednesday evening, confirmed Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor AHM Khairuzzamman Liton.

The ongoing weeklong lockdown that came into effect on Friday afternoon in the city was scheduled to expire on Thursday midnight.

“We came up with the move as the Covid-19 situation didn’t improve much in the past six days (including Wednesday),” he told reporters after the meeting. 

Earlier in the day, local health authorities confirmed that another 13 people died at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

Eight of them were from Rajshahi alone, with doctors saying that most of the recent Covid fatalities in Rajshahi division were due to the deadlier Indian or Delta variant. 

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Rajshahi division is at the heart of widespread transmission of the Indian variant, which is already taking a serious toll on the neighbouring country. 

According to the Rajshahi Civil Surgeon’s Office, 114 people have died of the deadly virus in the district so far. Of them, 68 belonged to the city. 

In the last 24 hours, as many as 1,581 samples were tested in Rajshahi district. Of the samples tested, 343 turned out to be positive with a test-positivity rate of 21.70%.

The rate in the previous two days was 43.44% and 30.17% respectively.

Talking of the rate, RCC Mayor Liton said: “The situation has been alarming here. So, all of us need to be careful of it and maintain health norms properly.” 

Meanwhile, the ongoing restrictions in the border district of Chapainawabganj have been extended until June 23.

Deputy Commissioner Manjurul Hafiz made the announcement at a press briefing on Wednesday evening.

The DC said that the ongoing restrictions reduced the infection rate, but it is yet to reach a satisfactory level.

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In the last 24 hours, the coronavirus infection rate in Chapainawabganj district was 13.02%.

On May 25, due to the sudden rise in the coronavirus infection rate in the district, a lockdown was imposed in the district for two consecutive weeks.

To further control the infection rate, strict restrictions were imposed from June 8-16.

In Naogaon, the district administration ordered all to follow the curbs for another week as it set a charter of 15 points to ensure all follow the health rules seriously. 

A public circular signed by DC Md Harunur Rashid said that the restrictions would continue till the midnight of June 23.

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