The public movement has not yet come to a grinding halt despite the anti-coronavirus measures, posing a great risk of spreading the deadly disease across the country.
Sources said many people are still going to different districts from Dhaka and Narayanganj, the suspected epicentres of the pandemic disease.Talking to the daily sun, health experts said if public movement is not stopped, virus may spread further in more districts of the country.
According to an analysis by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), some people left Dhaka and Narayanganj have been diagnosed with coronavirus in various districts in the last few days.
Sources in different districts said many people are leaving Dhaka and Narayangaj for their village homes in secrete at night.
Many are still moving despite the restrictions imposed by the government to check the spread of coronavirus across the country.
“The coronavirus infected patients who have gone to different districts from Dhaka and Narayanganj already have been identified. The directives on public movement to combat coronavirus will be followed strictly as no one can enter or leave Dhaka and Narayanganj,” Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad told the daily sun.
DGHS sources said coronavirus has spread to about 35 districts.Addressing a regular health bulletin of the DGHS, Prof Dr Meerjadey Sabrina Flora, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said on Sunday that 139 new coronavirus patients have been detected and four more Covid-19 patients have died in the past 24 hours till 8am on the day.
“Additionally, Laxmipur, Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon and Jhalakathi districts have been affected by the coronavirus infection. After analysis, it has been found that those who have been diagnosed with the deadly virus infection in different districts, they have gone there from Dhaka and Narayanganj within the last week,” she said.
The IEDCR chief has urged the countrymen not to move anywhere during the coroanvirus situation and to stay home in a bid to check the spread of coronavirus.
Of the 139 new patients, 96 are males and 43 females while 62 have been detected in Dhaka city and others in different districts.
Among the four deceased, two are aged between 30-40 years; one is above 70 and another is above 60. “Three deceased are males and one is female while two from Dhaka city and two from outside,” Dr Flora added.
According to the DGHS, total number of confirmed coroanvirus infected patients has risen to 621 and the death toll to 34.
“Fifty percent confirmed covid-19 patients have been detected in Dhaka city and rest cases are in outside the capital. Narayanganj has second highest number of cases,” Dr Flora said.
Mentioning that three more Covid-19 patients, including a physician hospitalised with coronavirus, have been tested negative in the past 24 hours, she said so far, a total of 39 patients were recovered from the deadly disease.
Prof Dr Sanya Tahmina Jhora, additional director general (Planning and Development) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told the health bulletin that samples from 1251 people were collected and a total 1340 were tested in the past 24 hours to detect coronavirus.
The DGHS official said some 19,111 people are staying in home quarantine and 1414 in institutional quarantine.
She said the health ministry has arranged a total of 7693 isolation beds for coroanvirus infected people—1550 in Dhaka city and 6143 outside the capital.
Sanya Tahmina further said there are 112 ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds and 40 dialysis beds dedicated for the covid-19 patients in the country.
She also informed that at present coronavirus tests are being done at 40 hospitals and institutions across the country.
Addressing the online health bulletin of the DGHS, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Saturday said “The coronaviurs has spread in many districts while the maximum covid-19 patients have been found in Narayanganj district and Dhaka city. Coronavirus has spread in many places as people have visited some other districts from Naryanganj.”
He 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.
Zahid Maleque also urged the country’s 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.
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.
Health ministry sources said apart from hospitals, four public universities of the country can conduct Covid-19 test as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines have been installed in their labs.
The universities are: Dhaka University, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Science University, Jashore University of Science and Technology and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology.
A dentist with Covid-19 symptoms died in Dhaka on Sunday morning, sources from physicians said.
Meanwhile, largest hospitals for corona virus infected patients in the country will be opened within next two weeks after completing shipment of medical equipments from abroad, officials briefed the press on Sunday.
Bashundhara Group proposed the government to set up a hospital transforming a trade centre of the business conglomerate into corona hospital. Managing Director of Bashundhara Group Sayem Sobhan Anvir handed over the proposal to Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus and the premier approved the noble initiative.
Bangladesh on March 8 confirmed first Covid-19 patient in the country and the first death from the disease was reported on March 10.
Amid the worsening coronavirus situation is the country, the government has extended the general holiday for another eleven days until April 25 to prevent the spread of the pandemic disease.