Authority take action to fight coronavirus in divisions

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The armed forces and other law-enforcement agencies and civil administration have stepped up their vigilance activities on non-essential movements and public gatherings to stem the rampant spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the region.

Members of armed forces along with other law enforcement agencies and civil administration started stern action to maintain social distance for preventing spreading of COVID-19 infection. Mobile court conducted drives in different area of the city and fined 63 people Tk 54, 000 for venturing out for no reason.

Setting mobile courts, conducted drives to ensure social distance and taken hard-line against spreading rumors related to the virus.

From morning check posts have been set up at different points of roads and mobile teams along with members of armed forces, Barishal metropolitan police, administrative magistrates of district administration operated drives in different areas of the city.

They checked passengers and drivers of rickshaws, two and three-wheelers, bicycle riders, pedestrians, and asked them why they came out on roads and going where for which purpose. If they failed to satisfy them t hen forced to return home. The law enforcers also barred running over loaded transports and asked passengers and pedestrians to return and stay home if they have no emergency.

Crowding in front of grocery shops or in the kitchen market without maintaining prescribed distances or without taking health measures like using mask, washing hands, also discouraged during the drive.

“We also operated propagation about the need of maintaining social isolation and following health and sanitation rules and measures for preventing spreading of corona infections”, said Nazmul Huda, executive magistrate, who led a mobile court during the drive.

Naim Rahman, driver of a covered van, also fined Tk 1000 by the mobile court for carrying passengers at Nathullabad bus stand areas of the city.

“We also cautioned all that if they failed to show proper and sufficient causes for coming out from home, legal action would be taken for violating social isolation directions, he added. SM Ajiar Rahman, deputy commissioner, Barishal, informed that two mobile courts in Barishal divisional city and one in each of nine upazilas of the district also formed.

They started functioning stressing on maintaining social distances, following health directions, avoiding unnecessary crowding, preventing roaming outside home and monitoring market price, the DC added.

Meanwhile Faridpur Mobile courts here on Friday fined 25 persons for violating administrative order relating to quarantine and ‘stay home’ directives in separate drives.

The violators faced fine of Taka 52,800 in Faridpur Sadar, Madhukhali and Boyalmari upazilas in the district.

Executive magistrates Md Zakir Hossain, Afroz Shahin Khosru, Modhukhali AC land Shanta Rahaman and Boalmari UNO Zuton Chanda of Faridpur district administration conducted the mobile courts while members of army were also present there.

Rajshahi: The armed forces are seen working relentlessly, in aid of the civil administration, to ensure ‘social distancing’ and ‘staying at home’ by enforcing the restriction to contain the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, the civil administration and police have taken hard-line against spreading rumors related to the virus.

Mobile courts fined 94 more people with a total of Tk 80,500 on the charges of spreading rumors related to COVID-19 in the district on Friday.

Additional District Magistrate Abu Aslam here yesterday said mobile courts led by executive magistrates found the people guilty of the charges.

The people were found involved in spreading various rumors in different areas in Rajshahi city, Mohanpur, Durgapur, Tanore, Bagmara, Godagari and Puthiya upazilas through Facebook and other social media which are harmful for society as well as the public life, he added.

On the other hand, all the district administrations in Rajshahi division

have expedited their activities for bringing all the hand-to-mouth families under food support programme.

Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner Humayun Kabir Khandaker said more than 2,640 tonnes of rice was, so far, distributed among 2,49,862 families while Taka 79.86 lakh in cash among 1,13,700 families in the division. There are more 2,262 tonnes of rice and Taka 95.84 lakh in cash in stocks at present for distribution, he added.

To face any emergency situation, the division has 169 public and private hospitals with 4,119 beds, including 1,753 prepared beds for treatment of the COVID-19 infected patients. Besides, 6,223 personal protection equipment (PPEs) have already been

distributed to protect the frontline people including doctors, nurses and paramedics from infection of the virus, the commissioner said, adding 4,169 other PPEs remain stockpiled at present.