The port city of Narayanganj was virtually deserted as the local administration put the entire district under ‘lockdown’ from Wednesday morning in an effort to curb coronavirus.
The decision to lock down the district was taken on Tuesday as the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) has identified it as the hotspot of coronavirus transmission.
A few shops at kitchen markets in the city were seen open while others remained shut since Tuesday night, said Additional Superintendent of Narayanganj Police Mostafizur Rahman. “Everything remains shut as per the government order and we’re on a hard line over the issue,” he said.
However, emergency services like medical care and supply chain remained out of the purview of the restrictions.
Wishing anonymity, an official of a law enforcement agency said some areas in Sadar and Siddhirganj upazilas, including Fatullah, were found to be most vulnerable spots for coronavirus transmission.
On Tuesday night, an ISPR release said the entire district of Narayanganj would be put under complete lockdown from Wednesday and it would remain in force until further notice.
Civil administration, Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies in coordination with local representatives would jointly work to this end, said the release.
Bangladesh on Tuesday reported 41 more coronavirus cases, including 15 from Narayanganj.
Failing to bear the agony of abject poverty amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, a man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at Dalbhanga village in Maheshpur upazila on Tuesday night.
The deceased was identified as Wahidul Islam, 30, father of four children of the village and a van-puller by profession.
Quoting family members, sub-inspector Jamir Hossain of Maheshpur Police Station, said the family of six people has been facing food problem for the last one week amid the nationwide shutdown following the coronavirus pandemic.
They did not receive any relief from any organisation or government.
On Tuesday night, Wahidul took his life by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house.
Additional Superintendent (Kotchandpur circle) said the man was very poor and he took money from many people.
He might have committed suicide failing to repay the debt money, he said.
A physician, who tested positive for coronavirus, was taken to the isolation unit of Shaheed Shamsuddin Ahmed Hospital in the city from home-quarantine on Tuesday night after his condition deteriorated.
Dr Sushanta Kumar Mohapatro, resident medical officer of the hospital, said the physician was taken to the isolation unit around 11pm as he complained of respiratory problems.
Later, he was provided oxygen support at the hospital, he said.
On Sunday, the Institute of f Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed that the physician was infected with coronavirus, said Sylhet Civil Surgeon Dr Premananda Mondal.
Since then, he had been kept in home-quarantine, the civil surgeon said.
He is the first physician who tested positive for Covid-19 in the district.