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Letter sent asking to enforce lockdown at Wari declaring it ‘Red Zone’

Published 7:12 pm | June 27, 2020

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Online Desk ; The Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) has sent a letter to the ministry concerned to enforce lockdown at Wari area in Dhaka declaring it ‘Red Zone’ to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection on experimental basis.

At the daily press conference in Dhaka on Saturday (June 27) DGHS additional director Professor Dr Nasima Sultana said a letter was sent to the ministry concerned to enforce lockdown on the selected areas at Wari labeling it ‘Red Zone’ on experimental basis.

According to the statistics of Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR), the number of coronavirus infected patients in Wari area was 158 untill June 26.

Infectious Disease (Prevention, Control and Elimination) Act, 2018 allows the DGHS director general or the health minister to declare lockdown after taking help of the other agencies.

Usually, a 13-member expert committee of the DGHS recommends to enforce lockdown in a particular area, declaring it ‘Red Zone.’ Then the lockdown is enforced with the help of local authorities, law enforcing agencies and other government departments. General holidays are also declared for the residents of ‘Red Zone’ areas. None is allowed to enter or leave the locked down areas. All the offices and shops in the area remain closed.

Experts say that lockdown is not just about blocking roads to impose restriction on public movement. Ideally, all the infected people in the area under lockdown must be isolated in a place or send to the hospital for treatment. The people who came into their contacts must be quarantined and provided all the required facilities so that the health guidelines are maintained.

Otherwise, they argued that the expected result would not be achieved but people would suffer while the government expenditure would rise.

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