This handout illustration image obtained 27 February 2020 courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the coronavirus, COVID-19.AFP

The local government division under the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives has formed a coordination cell to prevent the coronavirus transmission.

On Tuesday, a 15-member committee was formed to this end, while additional secretary of the local government division Zahirul Islam was made the convener of the body.

As per the instructions of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and the recommendations of the national committee on COVID-19, the cell will monitor and coordinate the virus preventive activities of all the agencies and departments under the division.

It will also ensure coordination between the activities of the agencies of Local Government Division and other departments of the government.

In addition, the coordination cell will monitor all the civic services being provided by city corporations in red zones, involving volunteers, public representatives, imams, NGO representatives and eminent personalities.

During the lockdown, the cell will finalise the draft programmes of the city corporations and other agencies to be taken to stop the coronavirus transmission.