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2020-03-22 14:27:38 BdST

672 families of 40 buildings under 'lockdown' in Dhaka 


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Local administration has kept 672 families of 40 buildings under "lockdown" in capital's Tolarbag a day after an elderly resident of the area died from coronavirus infection.

All entrance gates have been put under lock and no one is allowed to enter or exit from the area.

Confirming the matter to FT Team, an official of Dhaka District administration said, local lawmaker Aslamul Hoque has ordered all in the area to stay under "lockdown".

Police's Mirpur Zone Assistant Commissioner Mizanur Rahman said, "This is not actually a lockdown. We have restricted movement in the area as the coronavirus patient roamed there and interacted with many people." 

Meanwhile, the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR) is tracing his contacts and will quarantine the persons who came into contact with the elderly patient, said its Director Dr. Meerjady Sabrina Flora.

However, Tolarbag House Owners' Association President Shuvashis Biswas said, "District administration assured us to provide food and other necessary goods during the lockdown, but later we came to know that police do not have any such fund to supply food for us."
 
Earlier, an elderly person, who was a resident of north Tolarbag, died from coronavirus yesterday at Delta Medical College and Hospital. Few members of his family reportedly came from Italy and Japan recently. IEDCR has already collected samples of the family members for coronavirus test.

He is the second confirmed death from coronavirus reported in Bangladesh.

Four doctors, 12 nurses and three other supporting staff of Delta Medical College and Hospital have been sent to home quarantine as they treated the patient.

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