Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Md Tajul Islam on Friday instructed the local committees of the ministry to become active after government's announcement of zonal lockdown to fight coronavirus.
The minister came up with the instruction after attending a top-level video conference over the zone based lockdown.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque presided over the meeting where Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak were present, among others.
Tajul said to implement the lockdown the committee that was formed for relief distribution along with Upazila Nirbahi Officer, upazila chairmen and members can make effective contributions.
The participation of local representatives will help to implement the lockdown as it will be difficult deploying law enforcers in the vast areas across the country, the minister suggested.
"Besides, providing emergency service we have to put emphasis on health facility. Immediate service should be prepared by forming ambulance cell for taking ailing patients to the hospitals," he said.
Meanwhile, health authorities confirmed the detection of record 3471 new patients in the last 24 hours, raising the total cases to 81,523.
Since March, Covid-19 has claimed lives of 1095 people so far including forty-six people in last 24 hours until Friday.