Tourists prohibited to visit Patenga Beach over coronavirus suspicion
A policeman seen announcing the ban on gathering at Patenga Sea Beach on Wednesday. Photo: Collected
Chattogram Bureau :
Police on Wednesday have banned tourists at the Patenga Sea Beach amid concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Chattogram Police commissioner Mahbubur Rahman has imposed the ban as there was overflow of tourists at the beach in times when people are being asked to stay home. Bangladesh has reported its first death from the novel coronavirus while 14 patients are infected with the disease across the country.
Meantime, coronavirus in Bangladesh has spread to the level of local transmission, according to IEDCR. Health Minister Zahid Malik also said the number of coronavirus cases will rise in the country.
Parki beach is situated in Anwara thana under southern Chattogram region. The beach lies 16-17 km away from Chattogram city.
As the beach is situated at the Karnafuli river channel, visitors can view both the Karnafuli River and the sea together. Tourists enjoy the views of big ships anchored at the outer dock, fishermen catching fish in sea, sunset, various colored crabs at the beach and quiet environment.
Every day, 1,500 to 2,000 visitors come to Parki beach in Anwara upazila in the southern Chittagong region. The number, however, jumps to around 10,000 on weekends and holidays, said locals.