Capital's East Rajabazar will be brought under lockdown from 12:00am on Tuesday after labelling it red-zone because of its high infections from Covid-19.
The area under the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has 13-15 Covid-19 patients, local ward councillor Faridur Rahman Khan told The Business Standard on Monday afternoon.
"With the direction of the Prime Minister and the direct coordination with the DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam, we have made all preparations in the last four days," said Faridur Rahman Khan.
He said that they were going to lock down the area as a pilot programme. For that they have taken the following preparation: Free food supply for insolvent people, food and goods facility for solvent people through mobile shops, special isolation for infected patients, Covid-19 sample testing booth and standby ambulance with 24/7 medical supply.
Besides, a committee has been formed comprising local people, the police, health department and city corporations, led by the local ward council.
It is learned that different areas are going to be locked down in Dhaka by identifying them as red, yellow and green areas. Wari has also been placed on the preliminary list. Periodically other areas will be bought under lockdown depending on number of infected people.
Lockdown has already been declared in three areas of Narayanganj outside the capital.
The authorities concerned are working to set a guideline on how to manage the red, yellow and green zones of Dhaka.
Traffic will be closed in the areas under lockdown.
There will be opportunities for home delivery and sale of raw materials in designated vans for the daily necessities of the people of the area.
Offices, courts or other institutions in these areas will also be closed. If it is very necessary, it will be strictly controlled. There will be a number of sample collection booths for testing for coronavirus and scope for medical advice.