Tangail locked down; MP and local administration contradict over Habiganj closure; several mosques in Narayanganj defy government restrictions on prayers
Two people, including a woman aged around 60, have died of coronavirus-like symptoms in Khulna and Netrokona since Monday night.
Besides, multiple houses were locked down and many families were home-quarantined across the country to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Local healthcare officials collected medical samples of the deceased to confirm the cause of death. People who encountered the victims were placed under self-isolation.
Meanwhile, the Nasirnagar upazila health office collected medical samples of five coronavirus suspects including three of a family in Brahmanbaria.
On Tuesday, the Tangail zila parishad announced a lockdown in the district from the afternoon.
In Habiganj, a member of parliament stated that the district was under closure, though the zila parishad dismissed the statement saying a lockdown had not been announced.
Although the government on Monday banned prayers at mosques, many devotees in Narayanganj – the district with one of the five coronavirus clusters – were found reluctant about the prohibition.
Woman dies in Khulna with fever and cough
The elderly woman who died at Rupsha upazila in Khulna on Tuesday morning returned home from the capital recently.
Locals said the woman developed fever and cough 10-12 days ago while she was staying at her son's residence in Dhaka. She recently returned to Khulna with her grandson.
However, the neighbours said they did not know about the ailments of the elderly.
Rupsha upazila Health Officer Dr Anisur Rahman said the woman's grandson had been sent to the isolation unit of Khulna Medical College Hospital.
"We are tracing the contacts of the deceased. They will be put under home-quarantine," said Rupsha Upazila Nirbahi Officer Nasrin Akter.
Seven houses locked down in Netrokona
Panic erupted among the locals as a 40-year old man died with fever, cough and breathing complications in Purbadhala upazila of Netrokona on Monday night.
Subsequently, the local administration placed seven houses including the victim's residence under lockdown as a precautionary measure.
Upazila Health Officer Dr Mahmuda Akter said they collected samples from the deceased and his cause of death will be known after a coronavirus screening.
Samples collected from five coronavirus suspects
The Nasirnagar upazila health office on Tuesday noon collected medical samples of five coronavirus suspects including three of a family in Brahmanbaria.
All the suspects, including a three-year old child, hail from the Nasirnagar sadar upazila.
They were instructed to self-isolate until their medical reports arrive, said Brahmanbaria Civil Surgeon Dr Mohammad Ekram Ullah.
Tangail goes under lockdown
Check posts were set up at the entry points of Tangail district followed by the lockdown announcement on Tuesday noon.
The decision was taken at a meeting presided over by Tangail Deputy Commissioner Shahidul Islam. Zila parishad Chairman Fazlur Rahman Khan Faruk and local MP Md Sanowar Hossain were also present at the meeting.
Habiganj MP and local administration contradict over lockdown
Habiganj-3 Member of Parliament Advocate Md Abu Zahir claimed his district has been placed under lockdown. Although the district administration restricted movement, Deputy Commissioner Kamrul Islam dismissed the claim.
"There was no official announcement of a lockdown. However, we are restricting movement to and from the district," the deputy commissioner told The Business Standard.
Earlier on Tuesday noon, the MP claimed that a lockdown was in place and urged all to cooperate.