Tuesday, 19 October, 2021

Dhaka division worst hit by coronavirus in April

Dhaka division worst hit by coronavirus in April


The Dhaka division has been worst hit by coronavirus in April this year as it accounts for 21 percent of the deaths and 20 percent of infections reported in the month.

However, in the first wave, the number of coronavirus infection cases and death started to decline in the first week of July last year and it continued to fall till the first week of March this year.

Anyway, in the second wave, the numbers of infections and deaths started rising from March 10 and reached its peak in the middle of April this year.

In the second wave, the death and infection cases further started declining since middle of April this year and in beginning of the May the trend of declining the new cases and casualty continued.

The first case of Covid-19 was detected in Bangladesh on March 8 last year while the first death was recorded on March 18 the same year.

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said around 20 percent of coronavirus infection cases were detected and around 21 percent of the patients died in April alone while around 14 percent of samples were tested in the month.

“The coronavirus infection cases increased due to the people’s desperate movement without maintaining health guidelines. However, the infection rate has been declining currently and the situation will depend on people’s adherence to health guidelines,” Prof Dr Tahmina Shirin, Director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told the Daily Sun. 

Health Minister Zahid Maleque warned of a third wave of coronavirus infection if people do not follow the current health guidelines including wearing mask and maintaining social distance.

The DGHS data said a total of 7,19132 infection cases were detected until April 30 this year while 1,47837 infection cases or around 20 percent were reported alone in the April month.

About casualty, the data said a total of 11,450 coronavirus-related deaths were reported until April 30 while 2,404 or 20.99 percent alone were recorded last month.

On the other hand, a total of 6,81426 Covid-19 patients made recovery from the disease until April 30 this year and 1,39027 or 20.40 percent in April month only.

According to the DGHS, 568 Covid-19 patients lost their lives in January this year, 281 in February and 638 in March. In last year, 915 people lost their lives in December, 721 in November, 672 in October, 970 in September, 1170 in August, 1264 in July, 1197 in June, 482 in May, 163 in April and 5 in March.

Of the coronavirus infection cases, 65,079 infection cases were reported in March this year, 11,077 in February, and 21,629 in January. In last year, 48,578 infection cases were detected in December, 57,248 in November, 44,205 in October, 50,483 in September, 75,335 in August, 92,178 in July, 98,330 in June, 39,486 in May, 7,616 in April and 51 in March.

The DGHS said Dhaka division is most affected region for the coronavirus pandemic as maximum number of fatality in the various has taken place in the districts under the division. A total of 6,714 or 58.33 percent deaths in Covid-19 were registered until 8am on May 1.

It said 2,085 deaths in Covid-19 were reported in Chattogram, 604 in Rajshahi, 703 in Khulna, 344 in Barishal, 394 in Sylhet, 424 in Rangpur and 242 in Mymensingh division.

According to the DGHS handout, Bangladesh broke all previous records of Covid-19 deaths, registering 112 fatalities in a 24-hour period on April 19 this year.

On April 7 this year, the country recorded its highest single-day cases of 7,626. It witnessed highest number of recovery in 24 hours of 15297 on June 15 last year.

The DGHS said 7,61943 coronavirus infection cases have been detected and 11,579 patients died till May 2. A total of 5498979 samples were tested during the time. Currently, the coronavirus test is going on in 420 public and private labs in the country.

However, the government took several initiatives to check the second wave of the coronavirus infection as it increased treatment facilities and  issued an 18-point directive, including limiting public gatherings for the next two weeks, in an effort to contain the spread of the virus on March 29.

Later, the government imposed restriction on public movement since April 5 with 11-point restrictions to combat the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases. After seven days of the restriction, the government started all out restriction on public movement that will continue till May 5.