Bangladesh Army deployed in COVID-19 red zones

Bangladesh Army deployed in COVID-19 red zones

Members of the Bangladesh Army has started patrolling areas marked as ‘Red Zone’ by the government to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate troops are increasing patrols in the severely affected areas in line with government directives.

Health authorities have designated 45 red zones in Dhaka to arrest the pandemic. Other less severely affected areas have been marked as yellow and green zones based on the rate of infections and deaths from COVID-19.

The Cabinet Division has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for government agencies.

Bangladesh ended a shutdown of offices and public transportation on 31 May but some restrictions remain in place considering the snowballing of deaths and infections mostly in densely populated urban areas of the country.

A general holiday is being enforced in COVID-19 hotspots.

Members of the Armed Forces are deployed in aid of the civil administration in Bangladesh during times of crisis such as natural disasters and election time. The Bangladesh Air Force and Navy are working alongside the Bangladesh Army to provide aid and security in Bangladesh. The Air Force and Navy have also delivered aid Maldives and brought in medical equipment from China for use in Bangladesh.

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