Health ministry proposes partial lockdown in areas with high transmission

Mohammad Al Amin

30th March, 2021 10:33:52 printer

Health ministry proposes partial lockdown in areas with high transmission

Proper implementation of health guidelines is a must to stop further spread of coronavirus in the country as over 5,000 new infection cases were detected and 45 more Covid-19 patients died in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning.

However, the government has already made 18-point directives in a bid to ensure implementation of the health guidelines as the health and family welfare ministry has proposed imposing partial lockdown in areas with high transmission of the virus. 

World Health Organisation (WHO) said, “If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue.”

Talking to the Daily Sun, Dr Nazrul Islam, a member of National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19, said “Maintaining the health guidelines properly is the vital way to prevent the coronavirus infection. People must wear face mask, wash hands and maintain social distancing to prevent the virus.”

According to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the country’s coronavirus situation of the country is getting worse as 5,042 new cases have been detected in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning, raising the total number to 6,05,937 across the country, including in Dhaka.

Some 5,181 new coronavirus infection cases were detected and 45 more died in the country in 24 hours till Monday morning. This was the highest number of new infections recorded in a single day in Bangladesh since the first case of Covid-19 was recorded.

The previous highest number of new daily cases was 4,019, recorded on July 2, 2020.

The daily infection detection rate rises to 18.94 percent on March 30, 18.38 percent on March 29, 17.65 percent on March 28, 14.90 percent on March 27, 13.69 percent on March 26, 13.26 percent on March 25 and 12.97 percent on March 24, 13.69 percent on March 23 and 11.69 percent on March 22.

The DGHS said some 45 more people died in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning, raising the total number of deaths to 8,994 in the country. However, the death rate has declined to 1.48 percent.

Some 2,162 more patients have recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total number to 5,40,180 in the country till the day. On the other hand, the recovery rate has declined to 89.15 percent on Tuesday which was 89.54 percent on Monday.

The DGHS said 13.01 percent of the samples have been diagnosed with coronavirus till the date while 18.38 percent samples have been diagnosed with the fatal disease in a day. A total of 28,688 samples, out of 28,195 collected, were tested at 224 labs in the country during the period, the report added.

A total of 46,17,025 samples have been tested so far to detect coronavirus infection across the country. The first case of Covid-19 was detected on March 8 last year while the first death was recorded on March 18 the same year in the country.

The number of coronavirus tests and new infection case detections started to decline in the first week of July last year and the fall continued till the first week of March this year. However, the infections and deaths started rising further from March 10 and jumped to the highest single-day cases on Monday.

The hospital sources said a scarcity of ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds has been created in the Covid-19 dedicated hospitals due to surge of the patients while ICU beds at some hospitals have already been occupied particularly by a number of young coronavirus infected patients.

However, the government has taken initiative to increase 3,000 beds for Covid-19 patients in different hospitals across the country.

The DGHS sources said it has identified 29 districts, including Dhaka, Chattogram, Narayanganj, Gazipur, Nilphamari, Rajshahi, Naogaon, Sylhet and Khulna with higher rates of coronavirus transmission. The areas have been marked as ‘risky places’ considering the high number of Covid-19 cases.

Sources said in the wake of the fresh surge in coronavirus infections, the government is now serious in ensuring proper implementation of health guidelines in a bid stop the spread of the virus.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Monday issued an 18-point directive, including limiting public gatherings for the next two weeks, in an effort to contain the spread of the virus in Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, the health and family welfare ministry has proposed partial lockdowns for some places with higher coronavirus transmission rates, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said Monday.

“Our daily infection rate was only 2 percent in February which has now shot up to 13 percent as the number of fatalities and infection rises daily,” he said at a virtual event of NICVD.

The ministry also proposed ensuring ‘no mask no service’ policy, increasing the number of mobile courts and imposing fines on health guideline violators.

Dr Nazrul Islam, also former vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), said the government has to increase test facility and people also have to test if any of the Covid-19 symptom is felt instantly and the government should also apply mop up method to detect and isolate patients.