Coronavirus cases rise in Bangladesh; Police launch awareness progs

Coronavirus cases rise in Bangladesh; Police launch awareness progs

Agency News

Dhaka, Apr 8: Coronavirus cases continued to rise in the capital city of Dhaka in the last 24 hours.

Some 20 new COVID-19 cases were detected in the capital in the last 24 hours, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) health bulletin. The nation, on Tuesday, confirmed 41 new coronavirus cases and five deaths, bringing the country's tally to respectively 164 and 17, said the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR). Thirty eight people, so far, caught the virus in Narayanganj district. Acting on the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, police have launched several awareness programmes against the menace with full cooperation of the public.

In Rajbari, the district police launched the awareness programme at Daulatdia brothel by distributing educational materials among children of the sex workers. Dhaka Divisional DIG Habibur Rahman attended the programme, held recently, as the chief guest.

Police in Rajbari district went door-to-door where they distributed 50,000 hand sanitizers and 20,000 masks made by them. Rajbari district police superintendent Mizanur Rahman and OC Swapan Kumar Majumdar took part in the distribution programme.

In Gazipur district, police personnel, led by SP Shamsun Nahar, composed corona related lyrics and performed mass music in different parts of the district for raising awareness. Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque attended the programme in the district.

Police in Indian West Bengal state also penned down lyrics and performed it in Kolkata after the Gazipur police’s mass music programme went viral on Facebook. Police, in other parts of the nation, are also carrying out similar awareness raising programmes through mass music.

Amid surge in the cases, the Inspector General of Police Javed Patwary, on Sunday, ordered all police units to restrict flow of people in and out of Dhaka to curb the spread of the epidemic.

Following his order, the capital apparently imposed a lockdown.

Bangladesh first reported its coronavirus cases on March 8. Since then, the country has been witnessing an increase in the infections.

Global COVID-19 cases rose to 1,359,010 and death number stood at 75,900 as of Tuesday, according to Worldometer, a website which compiles the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths from it.

The cases continued to rise at an alarming rate in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, taking the total to 84. On the other hand, some 200 houses were sealed in different parts of capital Dhaka on Wednesday as a number of residents from those areas tested positive for coronavirus.

Officer-in-charge of Chawkbazar Police Station Moudud Hawladar told UNI that they locked down 150-200 houses on the first lane and second lane of Khwaja Dewan alley in Old Dhaka from 1700 hrs.

Besides, four other houses in Gulshan, Badda, Nikunja and Bashundhara areas were also put under lockdown as Covid-19 cases were reported from those areas, said Deputy Commissioner (Gulshan division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Sudip Kumar Chakraborty. (UNI)