The deadly coronavirus infection has spread to 31 districts across the country and to most areas in Dhaka city as a total of 482 people have been diagnosed with the virus infection till Saturday.
“The coronavirus has already spread to 31 districts and different areas in Dhaka city,” said Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), in her daily online briefing.The coroanvirus infection has been detected in 13 districts of Dhaka division, five in Chattragram, three in Sylhet, three in Rangpur, one in Khulna, four in Mymensingh and two in Barishal division of the country.
The IEDCR chief further said of the 31 districts, 83 coronavirus infected patients have been detected in Narayanganj, 18 in different upazilas of Dhaka district, 12 in Gazipur, 13 in Madaripur, 10 in Munshiganj and 10 in Kishoreganj. These are the mostly affected districts.
Dr Flora said a total of 261 coroanvirus infected patients have been detected in Dhaka city only while Mirpur, Bashabo and Wari are the mostly affected areas of the capital.
Addressing the regular online health bulletin of DGHS, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Saturday said “954 samples have been tested while 58 new coronavirus patients detected in the last 24 hours. The number of infection is less than yesterday (Friday) which is a good news.”
He said three more covid-19 patients have died in the past 24 hours while three covid-19 patients recovered from the disease during the time.
“The coronaviurs has spread to many districts while the maximum covid-19 patients have been found in Narayanganj district, and Mirpur and Bashabo areas of Dhaka city. Coronavirus has spread to many places as people have visited some other districts from Naryanganj,” the health minister said.Zahid Maleque lamented that many people still are moving here and there in different places and gathering in kitchen markets in the morning which may further spread virus infection.
He urged people to strictly follow Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s directives during lockdown till April 25 in a bid to check the community transmission.
The health minister asked people to stay at home, not to go outside and wear mask if anyone goes outside for urgent needs and to carry out test to detect coroanvirus.
The health minister said 2000 beds are being prepared at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) for the covid-19 patients while 1300 more beds in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and 1200 beds in four buildings in Diabari of Uttara.
“A total of 4500 beds are being prepared for the coroanvirus patients in the capital. Some other hospitals including Mugda hospital and NITOR are also being prepared for the treatment of covid-19 patients,” he added.
Addressing the health bulletin from the headquarters of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Prof Meerjadey Sabrina Flora said the number of coronavirus infected patients has risen to a total 482 and the death toll to 30 in the country till Saturday.
“Three more covid-19 patients have made recovery raising the total number of recovered patients rises to 36,” she added.
The IEDCR director said of the three dead—one from Dhaka and the two others from outside the capital—were aged 38, 55 and 74.
Of the total number of infected patients, 70 percent are male and 52 percent are female from Dhaka city, she said.
Dr Flora said twenty-two percent, the highest percentage of them, belongs to the age group of 31-40. Nineteen percent belongs to the age group 21-30 and another 19 percent are between 41-50 years old.
Of the newly 58 infected, 14 are from Dhaka city and eight are from Narayanganj, she added.
According to the IEDCR, 416 covid-19 patients are currently taking treatment.
Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad, Director General of the DGHS, also spoke at the health bulletin.
Talking to daily sun, the health experts said if public movement is not stopped, virus may spread further in more districts of the country.
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan in a statement on Tuesday raised eight-point demand including imposition of immediate lockdown and declaration of emergency in coronavirus-infected areas.
Meanwhile, the media reports said at least five people, including a child, suffering from cold, fever, cough and respiratory problems died in Faridpur, Khulna, Brahmanbaria, Laxmipur and Bhola between Friday night and Saturday morning.
Sylhet district has been locked down for an indefinite period from Saturday to contain the spread of coronavirus. The district administration announced the decision following the recommendation of the local committee on coronavirus prevention affairs, district administration sources said.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Saturday ordered that all kitchen markets and super shops must close by 5pm.
The first term examination of primary schools has been suspended amid coronavirus outbreak.
The examination was scheduled to take place on April 15-24.
Bangladesh on March 8 confirmed the first Covid-19 patient in the country and the first death from the disease was reported on March 10.
Amid the worsening coronavirus situation in the country, the government has extended the general holiday for another eleven days till April 25 to prevent the spread of the pandemic.