Bangladesh divided into red, yellow, green zones [Corona Virus]

By   June 16, 2020

Corona Virus: Bangladesh divided into red, yellow, green zones. The government has divided different parts of the country into three zones red, yellow and green to tackle the worsening corona virus situation.

Corona Virus Zones of Bangladesh

How zones will be defined

The following table describes the initial approach to zoning.The definition is expected to evolve based on disease transmission and containment impact, as per the opinions of an appropriate central group to be constituted by the DGHS.

Corona Virus Zones of Bangladesh

Definitions of Zones:

Red Zone

  • 60 or above laboratory-confirmed cases per 100,000 people in the preceding 14 days (Dhaka City Corporation ONLY).
  • 10 or above laboratory-confirmed cases per 100,000 people in the preceding 14 days (elsewhere).

Yellow Zone

  • 3-59 laboratory-confirmed cases per 100,000 people in the preceding 14 days (Dhaka City Corporation ONLY).
  • 3-9 laboratory-confirmed cases per 100,000 people in the preceding 14 days (elsewhere).

Green Zone

  • Remaining geographic units in the country. This will include 2 types of areas:
  • Those which have not recorded any Covid-19 cases from the start of the zoning process.
  • Those which have reported Covid-19 cases but no new cases.
  • Red will be high-risk zones, yellow moderate, and green low risk.
  • Once defined, a red zone will remain a red zone for at least 3 weeks before they can transition down to a yellow zone.

According to the guidelines, daily data from the IEDCR has to be provided to the local/zone committees so the communities can be informed of the situation. People should be alerted when zones change colour.

The entire divisions of Sylhet, Rangpur and Mymensingh, 50 districts and 400 upazila’s have been brought under ‘Red Zone’ and those will be fully locked down, according to the latest update posted on the Health Ministry’s website.

The lock down might come into effect from Thursday or Friday next, said government sources.

Earlier, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain on Saturday revealed that areas with 30 infections per 100,000 of population will be marked as ‘Red Zone’ in the capital while outside the capital, areas with 10 confirmed cases per 100,000 people will be categorized as ‘Red Zone’.

For areas that have 3-19 cases per 100,000 of population will be categorized as ‘Yellow Zone’ while areas with even fewer cases will be ‘Green Zone’

In the ministry’s update, all the districts of Sylhet, Rangpur and Mymensingh divisions have been shown in the ‘Red Zone’.

Five other divisions, 13 districts and 19 upazilas have been categorized as ‘Yellow Zone’ while one district and 75 upazilas have been placed under the ‘Green Zone’.

Numbers of districts under the ‘Red Zone’ and ‘Yellow Zone’ are four and two respectively in Barishal division, eight and three in Chattogram division, 11 and two in Dhaka, six and three in Khulna division and five and three districts in Rajshahi division respectively.

Jhenaidah district under Khulna division is the lone district in the ‘Green Zone’.

In capital Dhaka, 38 areas have been categorized as ‘Yellow Zone’ while 11 as ‘Green Zone’.

However, no area has been shown in the ‘Red Zone’.

Dhaka Division Red Zone area list:

According to the meeting minutes, in the city corporations of Dhaka and Chattogram, an area will be marked red if it has recorded 60 or more cases of corona virus per one lakh residents over the last 14 days.

Under Dhaka North City Corporation, Bashundhara, Badda, Cantonment, Mohakhali, Tejgaon, Rampura, Aftabnagar, Mohammadpur, Kallyanpur, Gulshan, Moghbazar, Airport, Banasree, Rayerbazar, Rajabazar, Uttara and Mirpur were identified as red zones.

Under Dhaka South City Corporation, the areas identified are: Jatrabari, Demra, Gendaria, Lalbagh, Azimpur, Basabo, Shantinagar, Paltan, Kalabagan, Ramna, Sutrapur, Malibagh, Kotwali, Tikatoli, Shahjahanpur, Motijeel, Wari, Khilgaon, Poribagh, Shahbag, Eskaton, Kodomtoli, Siddheshwari, Laxmibazar, Elephant Road, Segunbagicha, Malibagh and Khilgaon.

Chattogram Division Red Zone area list:

The areas under Chattogram City Corporation are: Chittagong Port Ward-38, Patenga Ward-39 (partly), Chittagong Port Ward-39 (partly), Pahartali Ward-10, Kotwali Ward-16, Khulshi Ward-14 and Ward-20, Kotwali Ward-21 and Ward-22, Halishahar Ward-26, and Chittagong Port Ward-37.

Action to be taken by local committees:

Committees will be formed by engaging the local or zonal community, such as city mayors, ward Councillors, religious leaders, CSOs, local NGOs, teachers, youth clubs, boy scouts, girl guides, health and social welfare local officials and staff, police, and other law enforcement authorities.

The lead has to be taken by elected public representatives with the active involvement of health and police officials. Financial support will have to come from city corporations or municipalities.

The local or zonal committees will have the responsibility of ensuring food supply, medical facilities, and other necessary support. This includes:

— Making the local community fully aware of what is going to happen in the selected zone.

— Putting up buntings of different colors in the different zones with written and pictorial health and hygiene instructions in visible places with the support of social welfare officials and NGOs.

— Actively helping to identify cases by setting up sample collection booths and deploying trained sample collectors.

— Helping to isolate all positive cases in existing isolation centers presently available within the zone, or setting up such centers in schools, colleges or community centers.

— Undertake contact tracing to find all individuals who have come into contact with the positive cases. Anyone found positive will be put into isolation centers. An available app could be used.

— Setting up community kitchens.

— Ensure wearing of masks by 100% of people. All non-users have to be provided with punishment. The local/zone committee should distribute free masks to ultra-poor people of their zone.

— People should continue washing their hands with soap and using hand sanitizers. The local or zone committee should distribute free hand sanitizer to ultra-poor people of the zone or set up hand washing facilities where possible.

— Ensure social or physical distancing as much as possible in offices and religious centers such as mosques, banks, and railway and bus stations.

— Ensure adequate treatment of all cases, including those who are found Covid-19 positive, with the aim of zero deaths.

— Ensure free ambulances to transport ultra-poor people of the zone and those in dire need.

Corona virus has affected 213 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared the corona virus crisis a pandemic.

Bangladesh has so far confirmed 87,520 corona virus cases and 1,171 deaths.

Bangladesh reported 38 more deaths from corona virus in the last 24 hours till Monday, taking the death toll in the country to 1,209.

Of the new deceased, 32 are men while six are women.

Besides, confirmed corona virus cases in the country have reached 90,619 with the detection of 3,099 more infections during the period.

Meanwhile, corona virus cases continued to surge around the world as those reached 7,990,151 as of Monday morning.

Besides, the global death toll from Covid-19 has stood at 435,496, according to Worldometer.

Of the currently infected 3,446,603 patients, 3,392,145 are in mild condition while 54,458 are in serious or critical condition.

So far, 4,108,052 people have made recovery from the disease in different countries.

The US is the worst-hit country with highest cases and deaths in the world at 2,162,144 and 117,853 respectively while Brazil is in the 2nd place with 867,882 cases and 43,389 deaths respectively.