DHAKA, Bangladesh

Bangladesh on Wednesday imposed a complete lockdown on its southern district of Cox’s Bazar — where more than 1.2 million Rohingya refugees have been living for years in makeshift tents — to stem the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

“For the public interest, Cox’s Bazar has been declared on lockdown,” local Deputy Commissioner Md. Kamal Hossain announced on Facebook, adding that entry and exit were now forbidden for the district.

Warning of severe punishment for violating the order, Hossain said: “Stern action will be taken against anyone who breaches the directive.”

Separately, Hossain later told Anadolu Agency that essential

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