To contain the virus spread in Wari, the government put the area under lockdown on July 4.
However, the infection rate in the area which was 40 percent at that time, remained almost the same even 11 days after that.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) officials said this yesterday at the second review meeting of the central management committee for Wari lockdown implementation.
At the Nagar Bhaban meeting, DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh instructed the law enforcement agencies to enforce a harder lockdown in Wari.
"Thousands of people live in Wari but only 148 of them gave samples for Covid-19 testing in the last 11 days. It cannot be a reflection of the real scenario."
Also, Taposh urged the authorities to make people more aware of giving samples and requested all to maintain the recommended health guidelines.
Imam Hasan Sojib, a Wari the resident, told The Business Standard: "The law enforcers have been strictly enforcing lockdown here for the last few days. They are not allowing anyone to roam around in the area."
"However, we are already going through a lot as our area is under lockdown. And if I test Covid-19 positive, my whole building will go under lockdown. Out of this fear, people do not really want to give samples."
Only the ones with serious symptoms are giving samples, Sojib said.
"To encourage people to give samples, 26 teams will go door-to-door from July 16," DSCC Ward 41 Councillor Sarwar Hossain Alo said at the meeting.
"In Wari, people are being tested for free – without the government fixed fee of Tk200."
However, three super shops remained open in the area from the beginning of the lockdown.
Now, to impose a harder lockdown, DSCC Mayor directed to close two of them and keep one open.
Making a profit cannot be the main purpose at the time of an outbreak. The target should be ensuring minimum services to the people, Taposh said.
However, the 21-day lockdown in Wari is scheduled to end on July 25.