The number of COVID-19 infected people rose to 89 as 43 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in five days since the enforcement of a 21-day lockdown on the five streets of Wari on July 4, said lockdown control unit coordinator Nurul islam khan.
He said that 103 samples were collected at the booths set up at Wari Government Primary School in five days.
Dhaka south city councillor Ahmed Imtiaz Mannafi said that the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research told the city corporation before the lockdown that the number of the patients on the five streets — Larmini Street, Hare Street, Wyre Street, Rankin Street and Nawab Street — was 46.
Local people said that with the rise in the number of the new patients, the corporation tightened lockdown deploying more army and police personnel. ‘The area now appears that curfew is going on. Nobody except for health causes were allowed to go out,’ said Larmini Street resident Shahbuddin Shiplu.
The Local government and rural development ministry joint secretary Sayla Farjana, who is negotiating with different agencies for executing the lockdown, said that strict enforcement would continue in the greater public interest.
Wari is the fifth test case of executing lockdown at 64 red zones across the country by the Directorate General of Health Services.
Lockdown at four other places of Dhaka, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Narsingdi yielded mixed results.
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