Coronavirus: Bangladesh to deploy armed forces on Tuesday

The troops will help local administrations around the country to enforce precautionary measures

Bangladesh’s armed forces will start assisting the administration in every divisional and district towns from Tuesday, to ensure that people are maintaining social distance and taking the precautionary measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

The armed forces — which include army, navy and air force — will take part in the initiative in line with the “Aid to the Civil Power” policy of the Defence Ministry, according to a press release issued by the Inter Services Public Relation Directorate (ISPR) on Monday.

It also said that the troops will help the local administrations to evaluate the quarantine system for suspected Covid-19 patients.

Confirming the deployment decision, ISPR Director Lt Col Abdullah Ibn Zaid also told Dhaka Tribune that one colonel or lieutenant colonel ranked officer will lead the assistance initiative for the administration in every district.

Earlier, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam had also announced the government’s decision to deploy the troops at a press conference at the secretariat in Dhaka.

He also said that, in coordination with the district magistrate, the army will evaluate the quarantine system of suspected patients and treatment of infected patients in every district and divisional town.

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The troops will also help to find out if anyone who has returned from abroad was neglecting mandatory self-quarantine, he added.