7-day strict lockdown in Satkhira
Motiar Rahman Modhu
Seven-day strict lockdown has been imposed in Satkhira to stem the spread of Covid-19 amid recent hike in infections in the frontier districts. The local administration has imposed this lockdown on Thursday following a meeting of Covid-19 protection committee.
The lockdown will come into effect from on Saturday. The positivity rate in Satkhira was 41% on June 1. During the lockdown people will not be allowed to get out of their home unless there is an emergency. Shopping malls, shops and restaurants will remain closed.
Vehicular movements to and from the district will also remain suspended. Covid cases are growing alarmingly in Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Satkhira, Khulna, Kushtia, Jashore, Naogaon and Natore since the last week of May apparently for the prevalence of the highly transmissible Indian variant.
Amid the growing Covid-19 cases, health experts fear that Bangladesh’s frontier districts await a serious healthcare crisis as most hospitals and health complexes there are ill-equipped to cope with any worsening situation.