Ignorance to abide by basic health rules has been blamed for increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh, health experts said as the total death toll on Sunday stood at 228.
Asked about reason behind increasing number of corona infection cases, Prof Dr Saif Ullah Munshi, Chairman of Department of Virology of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) told the daily sun that due to partial or no lock down, the corona infection cases is on the rise.“Garment factories, shops are reopening … people are moving frequently without maintaining social distance while they have also become slackened in abiding by the health rules,” he added.
Saif Ullah Munshi said “people need food and money so they are back to work. Due to their basic needs, they will come out … it is quite natural. If you want to keep them home, then you have to provide food and money, which is difficult in this country.”
The virologist also advised the government to rethink and reconsider strategy for curving down the number of coronavirus infection cases in the country to avoid a major health disaster.
Garment factories and businesses have already reopened and movement of people has automatically increased, but they are not maintaining social distance and maintaining hygiene in the country in recent days.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), there has been a spike in coronavirus infection cases in Bangladesh, with 14 dead and another new record 887 cases detected in the past 24 hours till 8am on Sunday.
The number of detection of the coronavirus infection cases went up in recent days as test facilities have been expanded across the country including the capital while currently more than five thousand samples are being tested daily, it saidAddressing daily health bulletin on Sunday, Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director general (admin) of the DGHS said 5,738 samples were tested at 36 laboratories in the country in last 24 hours.
“A total of 14,657 coronavirus infection cases have been detected and 228 died of the virus infection in Bangladesh,” she added.
The DGHS records show that 636 cases were detected on Saturday, 709 cases were detected on Friday, 706 cases were detected on Thursday, 790 on Wednesday and 786 on Tuesday. The daily number of infection was 688 on Monday and 665 on Sunday.
A month earlier, on April 10, the death toll from the pandemic disease has climbed to 27 while the number of detected patients was raised to 424 in the country. The first Covid-19 positive case was found on March 8.
Talking to daily sun about reason behind increasing the number of corona infection cases in the country, Dr. Shahnila Ferdousi, Director (Disease Control) of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said “The number of coronavirus infection cases has been increasing as social distancing and hygiene are not being maintained by people.”
The coroanvirus not going away soon, people have to be self conscious, she said adding “We have to be self conscious and maintain social distance, hygiene properly and wear mask.”
Dr ASM Alamgir, Principal Scientific Officer of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) told the daily sun that “The number of corona cases has been increasing as community transmission has occurred mostly in Dhaka and Narayanganj. Now the community transmission may spread further if we are not conscious.”
Alleging that the coronavirus infection cases have been increasing as people are not maintaining social distance and hygiene properly, he advised people to maintain social distance, wear mask and maintain hygiene like washing hands with water and soap frequently.
The US CDC said as there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. It said some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) advised taking some simple precautions like maintaining at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between each other and avoiding going to crowded places. It also advised avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth, following good respiratory hygiene and staying home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until recovery.