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Travel restriction imposed at Cox’s Bazar, Patenga beaches

Published : 18 Mar 2020 09:09 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 10:08 PM

The authorities concerned on Wednesday restricted traveling to Cox's Bazar and Patenga beaches in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Chittagong Metropolitan Police and Cox's Bazar District Administration issued the directives on the matter. CMP commissioner Md Mahabubur Rahman said, “The government has announced the closure of educational institutions to halt the coronavirus spread. Students have been advised to stay homes.

“In the emergence of the situation where everyone should be careful at home, Patenga beach overcrowded for the last couple of days. That is why the police banned the movement of people on the beach”, he added.

“To avoid any untoward situation and ensure people’s safety in this virus outbreak, we have taken such decision,” Cox's Bazar District Commissioner Kamal Hossain told the media.

Meanwhile, the district administration at Khagrachari banned foreign tourists to travel the hilly region. Domestic tourists were also advised to avoid traveling amid the growing fear of coronavirus, 

Deputy Commissioner Pratap Chandra Biswas told reporters at his office on Wednesday afternoon. Mentionable, on Wednesday, the country witnessed the first death of coronavirus, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) has confirmed this.

IEDCR Director Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora said four more people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus infection, taking the number of coronavirus cases in the country to 14. Meanwhile, the death toll from the coronavirus or COVID-19 has reached 7,987 globally as of Wednesday.

It has so far infected 198,426 people around the world, according to the worldometer. Of them, 107,676 are currently being treated with 6,415 being in serious or critical condition.