Roads and waterways have also been closed down until further notice
Police have conducted drives to restrict all kinds of gatherings and charged batons to get people off the streets and back home in order to stem the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Barguna town.
The district administration has blocked all roads and waterways communication and shut down all businesses, except grocery shops and pharmacies.
Barguna Deputy Commissioner Mostain Billah said: "Everyone has been requested to stay clean and maintain social distances to keep themselves and their families safe from the infection."
Barguna Additional Superintended of Police (Sadar-circle) Shahjahan Hossain said: “The novel coronavirus has spread all over the globe as a pandemic. To protect the people of Bangladesh from this infection the government has issued some directives.
“To ensure everyone is following those directions, we are conducting drives and will continue until next orders.”
Roads and waterways have also been closed down until further notice.
Barguna Public Policy Head Md Hasanur Rahman Jhontu said: “The initiatives from the district administration and police are really appreciable. Hopefully, the initiatives will be effective to save people from coronavirus infection.
“I will ask private organizations to come forward individually to protect the country’s population from this pandemic, instead of waiting for donations from others.”
DC Mostain Billah said: “A person who is informed and vigilant, has lower chances of contracting the coronavirus. We are working to raise awareness among the public.
“The quarantined returnees from abroad are kept under supervision and if anyone breaks the government rules, we will take strong action against them."
“We still have not issued a lockdown and there will be an official announcement if we do so,” he added.
Till date, Bangladesh recorded five deaths and 39 infections from the Covid-19 pandemic announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The fast spreading coronavirus, which was first reported in China's Wuhan, has claimed more than 18,800 lives and infected over 422,600 people across the world till date, according to Worldometer.
More than 108,000 people have recovered from the virus which has spread to 196 countries.