Bangladesh logs most new infections of coronavirus in Dhaka

6 of a family infected at Basabo

Iqbal Mahmud | Published: 22:06, Apr 05,2020 | Updated: 22:30, Apr 05,2020


Several areas in Dhaka were put in lockdown on Sunday after some people in the areas had tested positive for coronavirus, while the Narayanganj City Corporation sought the government’s approval to put the city in lockdown or under curfew to slow the outbreak of COVID-19.

Directorate of Health Services said that it put some areas at Keraniganj, Basabo and Mirpur in the capital, and some places in Narayanganj, Madaripur and Gaibandha in lockdown after identifying those as COVID-19-prone areas.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research on Sunday confirmed at least 88 cases of COVID-19 infections, while Dhaka is the most coronavirus-hit district with 54 cases. 

At least 11 cases were confirmed in Mirpur and nine cases were confirmed in Basabo in Dhaka.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Mirpur division deputy commissioner Mostak Ahmed told New Age that so far 40 buildings in Uttar Tolarbagh, few buildings in Shah Ali Bagh, Kalawalapara, Kafrul, Mirpur-11 and Mirpur-13 were put in lockdown.

In latest incident, police put a neighbourhood in Mirpur 1 in lockdown on Sunday as an elderly couple was tested positive for coronavirus, said Mirpur police station officer-in-charge Mostafizur Rahman.

The couple is living in the second floor of a building at Shah Ali Bagh, said the officer. 

Another elderly person at Uttar Tolargagh tested positive for the virus on the day, said an IEDCR official.

The patient is a regular mosque-goer and he has been suffering from respiratory problems for last few days, said the officer.

The New Age correspondent in Manikganj reported that the Tolarbagh resident, who tests positive, is an assistant health inspector at Singair in Manikganj.

‘She commutes from Dhaka to Singair every day,’ said Dr Sekendar Ali Molla, health and family planning officer of Singair.

Meanwhile, at least nine people, including six of a family tested positive for coronavirus in last few days at Dakkhingaon of Basabo, said Sabujbagh police inspector (operation) Shah Alam.

Police have sent the infected people to Kuwait-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital, said the inspector.

Meanwhile, Narayanganj mayor Selina Hayat Ivy requested the government to impose curfew or put the city in lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus as 11 people have so far tested positive in the city.

Naryanganj deputy commissioner Jashim Uddin told New Age that they would take actions according to the instruction of IEDCR.

A man in his sixties died of COVID-19 at Singair on Sunday and he was an active member of Tablighi Jamaat, reported the New Age correspondent in Manikganj.

Neighbouring families are in quarantine after a woman had died with coronavirus symptoms in Netrokona’s Purba Dhala upazila, police added. 

In Cumilla, IEDCR collected samples from a man after he died in home-quarantine on early Sunday,

In Keraniganj, an area was put in lockdown after an elderly person was infected with COVID-19.

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