Confusion over red zone lockdown mounts up

The overall situation regarding implementation of lockdowns in two city corporations of the capital has reached a chaotic state as DSCC and DNCC authorities are unable to lock down all red zones announced by the health authorities at once.

According to Dhaka South and Dhaka North City Corporation sources, the zone-based lockdown is not possible unless they are assigned a specific zone-based area at a time, UNB reports.

Authorities are waiting for directives from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam told UNB that unless they receive order to lockdown a specific area of a specific zone, they cannot do anything.

“No specific decision has been taken about the lockdown. We have asked the Ministry of Health to specify the exact area for locking down,” he said.

He also noted that pinpointing locations is necessary because it is not possible to lockdown a whole area at once due to their size.

He, however, assured that it will not take long to implement the lockdown once proper instructions are issued.

“We won’t take much time to work once we get the mapping. We have prepared 26 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Once designated, it will take 48 to 72 hours to implement the lockdown,” he said.

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Chief Executive Shah Emdadul Haque reiterated that the corporation received no official instruction about lockdown. “We will implement the lockdown once we get instructions,” he told UNB.