The government is going to declare various areas of the country as red, yellow and green zones based on number of Corona infections. Guidelines also have been finalized in order to control the Pandemic COVID 19.
It already has been decided which areas of the capital city Dhaka will be marked ‘red’ and put into lockdown. In a guideline regarding this, it has been stated that if in an area of Dhaka City Corporation 60 or more people have been infected with Corona in the last 14 days, then that area is to be marked as ‘red zone’. But in other districts the required number of infections is only 10 in a lakh.
According to an information provided by Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) the zones in the capital city where number of confirmed Corona patients is at least 60 will soon be forced into lockdown.
These areas are Adabar, Agargaon, Azimpur, Babubazar, Badda, Banasree, Banani, Bongshal, Basabo, Chawkbazar, Demra, Dhanmondi, Eskaton, Farmgate, Ganderia, Green Road, Gulshan, Hazaribagh, Jatrabari, Jurain, Kalyanpur, Kolabagan, Kakrail, Kamrangirchar, Khilgaon, Lalbagh, Lalmatia, Malibagh, Mirpur, Mirpur-1, Mirpur-12, Moghbazar, Mohakhali, Mohammadpur, Motijheel, Mughda, Paltan, Razarbagh, Rampura, Ramna, Shahjahanpur, Shahbagh, Shyamoli, Shantinagar, Shere e Bangla nagar, Tejgaon, Uttara, Wari.
In case of Dhaka city, if the number of confirmed Corona infections out of 1 lakh people in an area in the last 14 days is between 3 and 59, then it is to be marked as a yellow zone. But outside of Dhaka city the range for yellow zone is between 3 and 9. Likewise, if the number of confirmed Corona cases is less then 3 in an area for 1 lakh people, then it would be considered a green zone.
It also has been stated in the guidelines that if any area of Dhaka city is declared as a ‘red zone’, nobody can get out of there. All their tasks (office, factory) must be accomplished while staying at home. But in case of rural areas, no bars are held against engaging in agricultural activities. They can go to hospital only if they’re ill enough.
Purchase of urgent products including groceries will be arranged/permitted, but use of any sort of vehicles including bicycles is strictly forbidden. Even water, rail and road transports will remain closed. In urban areas home deliveries of groceries and medicine will be allowed. In rural areas, shops will be kept open until certain time in the day. There raw markets will be kept open whereas in towns and cities they won’t be allowed.
In case of yellow zones, offices and factories may run, but with only 50% of manpower. In cases of crowded factories, the percentage is only 33%. In case of urgent transport, rickshaws, vans and CNGs may run, but with only one passenger per vehicle. Private cars can be run by owners themselves or resident drivers.
Although COVID 19 has spread in almost all districts of Bangladesh, in case of Dhaka city the rate is really high. Apart from Dhaka, a few districts which have been heavily infected are Narayanganj, Gazipur, Kishorganj and Narshingdi among others. The Pandemic has severely hit Dhaka city, its adjacent areas and the city of Chittagong.
Info source: banglanews24.com, 13 June