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Strict surveillance in border districts and waterways

For the past one week, the daily corona detection rate in the country has been fluctuating between 8 and 10 percent; Public health experts are advising to continue the ‘lockdown’ until the rate falls below 5 percent. According to him, the government in a notification on Sunday extended the ban in the form of lockdown for another week, i.e. till June 8. In this case, public transport will run in accordance with the health rules. At the same time, instructions have been given to keep the border closed till June 14 (excluding emergency travel).

Meanwhile, as the infection has increased in various districts including the border areas, it has been directed to take lockdown or take strict control measures as required locally. However, many people are fearing that coronavirus will spread through cargo vessels in different areas including Dhaka through some seaports. As a result, it has been urged to increase surveillance.

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said special attention was being paid to several border districts. Action will be taken according to the situation.

At the end of a meeting at the Ministry of Health, Director General of the Department of Health. ABM Khurshid Alam said the government was thinking of giving priority to vaccines for foreigners and reducing fares. According to the IEDCR, corona variants of four countries have been identified in the country. 

Lockdown extended by a week: A circular issued by Rezaul Islam, Deputy Secretary, Cabinet Division, yesterday said that all previous restrictions have been extended from midnight on May 30 to midnight on June 8, considering the current state of infection. Earlier, the ongoing ban on coronavirus control was extended from May 23 to midnight on May 30, allowing all types of public transport, including inter-district buses, and hotel-restaurant seating. To curb the spread of the Corona epidemic, the government introduced limited restrictions from April 5 in the second phase of strict restrictions. Since then, the level of this restriction has been more or less. Currently running in the most loose condition. Except for emergency services, government offices are still closed. At the same time, educational institutions, tourist centers and meetings are closed.

Recommendation for full lockdown in seven more districts

Several members of the government’s advisory committee said a full lockdown was needed in the border districts where infections had increased. Following the imposition of strict lockdown restrictions in the border district of Chapainawabganj, the health department has recommended seven more districts to be included in the overall lockdown: Naogaon, Natore, Satkhira, Jessore, Rajshahi, Kushtia and Khulna.

Naogaon Deputy Commissioner. Harun-ur-Rashid and Dr. Civil Surgeon. ABM Abu Hanif said Naogaon is among the seven districts in the country that have been recommended for comprehensive lockdown.

Till yesterday, 183 people died of corona infection in Khulna. Khulna Civil Surgeon said. Niaz Mohammad told Kaler Kantha that the number of infections in Khulna has decreased compared to last April. At that time the detection rate was 23 percent but now it is 20 percent.

In Jessore too, the local administration has stepped up surveillance. Infection is increasing in Satkhira. Patient pressure in the hospital has increased. The movement of people from India has also increased.

Arafat Hossain, president of the Import-Export Business Association at Bhomra land port in Satkhira, said truck drivers, helpers and evacuees were coming from India to take goods. They are not allowed to go outside the designated circle. With the 138 km border, more and more people are coming to Bangladesh every day illegally by evading the BGB. He thinks a lockdown should be declared in Satkhira to prevent infection.

The border is closed till June 14

According to foreign ministry sources, the government announced the closure of all land borders with India for the first time on April 26 due to the increase in corona outbreaks in India. After that, it was decided to close the border in two more phases till May 30. However, the deadline for closing the border was extended by another point last Saturday. The decision was taken at a virtual meeting chaired by Foreign Secretary Masood bin Momen. After the extension of the border closure, Bangladeshi nationals staying in India for treatment as before, whose visas are coming to an end, will be able to return to Bangladesh with special permission if they want to return. You have to apply to the Bangladesh Mission there for permission.

Fear of Indian variants spreading on waterways

Meanwhile, at least 4,500 cargoes are regularly plying the Mongla River to India. There is a danger that the Indian variant of the Corona will spread in Bangladesh through the crew or sailors of those cargoes. The vessels are carrying goods from India to Mongla, Barisal, Dhaka, Narayanganj, Bhairab and Ashuganj river ports.

However, strict measures have already been taken in Mongla to prevent the sailors from landing at Mongla port, said Upazila Nirbahi Officer Kamlesh Majumder. He said strict instructions have been issued to the Coast Guard, Naval Police and the concerned departments of the port.

The local administration has imposed a seven-day strict ban from May 30 due to the increase in corona infection in Mongla. Last Saturday was the highest record, with 31 out of 42 people identified. The infection rate is 83.70 percent.

Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer. Jibitesh Biswas said there is no alternative to strict locklaw at the moment.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Kamlesh Majumder said access would be restricted and limited, no vehicles would enter except emergency transport, police, Ansar and volunteers would be deployed at various points. All shops will be closed except for medicines and emergency agricultural products. Raw and grocery markets, meat, fish and fruit shops will be open daily from 8 am to 3 pm. No one coming from other areas in different boats will be able to enter the municipal area.

Variants of four countries have met in the country, urging to follow the hygiene rules 

Government Pathology Disease Control and Research Institute (IEDCR) Director Prof. Tahmina Shirin said 263 samples of coronavirus have been sequenced in the country since the onset of coronavirus infection this year. Of these, 26 variants were UK variants, 85 were South African variants, five were Nigerian variants and 23 were Indian variants.

He said the variant is nothing new. The more patients are identified, the more infections will occur, the more new variants will be available. In this case, whatever the variant, the hygiene rules must be followed and the vaccine must be taken.

The director of IEDCR, noting the increase in infections in the border areas, said the mango season is now underway. Commercial management of mango is going on in many places in the border area. It is necessary to ensure the purchase and sale of mangoes from the garden in accordance with the hygiene rules. These measures should be kept limited and if you can ensure the purchase and sale of mangoes through online shopping as much as possible, you will get good benefits.

(Representatives from Khulna, Jessore, Naogaon, Satkhira and Mongla assisted in compiling the report)