Restrictions on public gathering and movement extended for another week as infection rate rises
The district administration in Khulna has extended the restrictions on movement by another week from 5pm on Friday as the number of Covid patients and fatalities is on the rise.
Earlier, four upazilas of the district were brought under strict lockdown on June 4.
According to the latest decision of the District Committee on Coronavirus Prevention, pharmacies and kitchen markets will operate as usual while shops, markets and restaurants will remain open from 9am to 5pm till June 18.
The committee banned unnecessary movement of the people, but allowed battery-run easy bikes to ply the streets with half their capacity during the lockdown.
District Commissioner Md Helal Hossain chaired the meeting at his office, when Khulna City Corporation Mayor Talukder Abdul Khalek was present as the chief guest. Khulna Divisional Commissioner Md Ismail Hossain attended the event virtually.
The city mayor said that they imposed the lockdown as the previous restrictions had not been effective.
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“If the entire district is not put under lockdown, it won’t be possible to stop the upward trend of new cases,” he said, urging the police to be stricter against the people for flouting the restrictions and health guidelines.
The meeting also decided to transform Khulna Sadar Hospital into a Covid-dedicated facility.
Currently, a 100-bed dedicated hospital is operating at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) for the Covid patients, where 130 patients are admitted now.
Khulna division has been registering higher infection rates for the past few days, with nearly 200 patients reported dead in the district alone as yet.
On Thursday, the KMCH authorities told Dhaka Tribune that they had written to the higher authorities for more doctors and staff.
Meanwhile, an oxygen plant is being built at the hospital to prevent a possible crisis in the future. The plant is expected to start functioning next week.