Barishal- The authorities have slapped a ban on entry into and exit from the southern city of Barishal apparently to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus that killed at least 17 people in Bangladesh, officials said on Tuesday.
Head of the district administration S M Ajiar Rahman announced the restriction as the nationwide deaths and infections of the virus surged in the last couple of days.
Members of the police forces were deployed at most of the entry points of the city, Rahman said.
Senior police officer Khairul Alam said law enforcing agencies have already started patrolling at Gariarpar, Nathullabad, Rupatali, Dapdapia, Kalizira point from morning.
In line with a nation shutdown, all shops, excluding that of the medicine, on the main roads were asked to shut by 7 pm while the shops in the neighbourhoods were asked the shut by 2pm.
People defying the ban will be punished with fine and jail or both, the officer said.
Executive magistrates Ataye Rabbi and Maruf Dastogir find five shops of electronic goods in the city. They were handed down the penalty each of 5000 takas for opening the shops in defiance of the restrictions, Ataye Rabbi said.
newsnextbd.com/n/reporting by Anisur Rahman in Barishal