DHAKA (1) – Bangladesh has tightened a clampdown on seven villages after tens of thousands attended the funeral of a well-liked native cleric in spite of a nationwide lockdown to manage the unfold of the coronavirus, officers stated on Monday.

The large gathering in Brahmanbaria district, about 60 km east of the capital Dhaka, has raised issues concerning the potential for a spike in infections in a rustic of 160 million individuals with poor medical infrastructure.

“We’ve strictly ordered all residents of the seven villages to remain at dwelling always a minimum of for the following 14 days so we will establish if anybody contracted the virus following Saturday’s gathering,” a neighborhood police officer advised 1.

Police had not anticipated such a big quantity of individuals to collect for the funeral, defying a weeks-long lockdown that forbids going out apart from groceries and drugs. Native media stated few of the mourners wore masks.

The federal government has ordered the 2 most senior policemen within the district to be faraway from obligation for failing to forestall crowds gathering for the funeral prayers of Maulana Jubayer Ahmed Ansari who died of most cancers, the police stated.

Bangladesh has 2,456 confirmed coronavirus instances and 91 deaths. The federal government-imposed lockdown is in place till a minimum of April 25 however many are beginning to flout the principles together with garment staff who took to the streets over the weekend demanding again pay.

Highly effective spiritual leaders are additionally persevering with to permit small congregations at mosques regardless of the danger of contagion and warnings from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Many individuals are nonetheless attending Friday prayers and the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan later this week, when sometimes extra worshippers will collect at mosques, will put further strain on authorities, officers stated.

Reporting by Ruma Paul, Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; Enhancing by Edwina Gibbs