Four Months into Corona Outbreak

1.68 lakh cases, over 2,000 deaths recorded

Mohammad Al Amin

8 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

1.68 lakh cases, over 2,000 deaths recorded

Some 1.68 lakh people have tested Covid positive while over two thousand died in the last four months since the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

Health experts emphasise increasing testing and isolating infected patients in a large scale immediately in a bid to check further transmission of the deadly virus as the number of infection and casualty is on the rise.

“The strength of coronavirus and its character remain unchanged. There is no alternative to remaining cautious and using protective gears including masks,” Virologist and former vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Nazrul Islam told daily sun while sharing his views on coronavirus.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the death toll from Covid-19 hits 2,151 and the number of detection stands at 1,68,645.

A total of 8,73,480 samples have been tested. Bangladesh confirmed the first Covid-19 case on March 8 and the first death was on March 18.

Death from Covid-19 increased in recent weeks as over 60 percent of the death, or around 1,400 people died in last one month.    

The country is going through the 18th week of infection and has passed 121st days as the death and infection increased manifold in recent weeks. 

The country experienced a surge in detection and death from the 13th week after the government eased restrictions on public movement on May 31.

The government first imposed countrywide lockdown since March 26 and then it was extended till May 5. Since May 31, restriction on public movement eased, allowing markets, shopping malls to open. Since then the infection rate remains above 20 percent.

BSMMU former vice-chancellor Dr Nazrul Islam said: “The lockdown system is not working in Bangladesh as it is not being implemented properly here.”

He suggested that the government should introduce mopping system instead of imposing lockdown in areas mostly affected by the coronavirus.

Describing his concept of mopping up, he said the authorities concerned should mark areas as per the coronavirus infection rate and identify the virus infected patients and carry out contact tracing.

“The covid-19 patients and suspected patients have to be identified through testing and be sent to isolation if tested positive. The law enforcers and volunteers may help the authority to implement it. There is no need to lock down,” Prof Nazrul opined.

Talking to daily sun about the current state of coronavirus, Dr ASM Alamgir, Principal Scientific Officer of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said “Transmicity of the coronavirus has increased as it has spread in large areas of the country but there is no change of its pathogenicity.”

He said there is no alternative to using protective gears including wearing mask, washing hands with soap and water and maintaining social distancing till the availability of vaccine.

“If people maintain hygiene culture properly, the virus infection rate may decrease by the end of July. But it may increase after Eid-ul-Azha due to public gathering at cattle markets, at bus, train and launch stations and terminals,” said ASM Alamgir.

Addressing the regular health bulletin of DGHS, its additional Director General (admin) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana on Tuesday said 3,027 new cases have been detected and 55 more people died of the virus in 24 hours till 8 am. The current case detection rate is 22.98 percent.

She further said the total case detection rate in Bangladesh is 19.31 percent while the death rate is 1.28 percent and the recovery rate is 46.31 percent. A total of 78,102 Covid-19 patients have made recovery so far.

Meanwhile, the frontline fighters including physicians, nurses and other health workers also have also been affected by the coronavirus.

Some 5,333 medical staff including 1846 physicians, 1449 nurses and 2038 other health workers have been infected with coronavirus and 62 physicians died in the last four months, according to statistics of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) on Tuesday.

Sharif Jamil, General Secretary of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) said, “The government repeatedly missed the opportunities to content the spread of this deadly virus in Bangladesh. At this stage, this is important to educate and engage people with the protective measures for individual safety.

“At the same time this is very important to strengthen testing, isolation, oxygen support and ICU facilities at least at upazila level to save lives,” he said while talking to this correspondent.

Meanwhile, the frontline fighters including physicians, nurses and other health workers also have also been affected by the coronavirus.

Some 5,333 medical staff including 1846 physicians, 1449 nurses and 2038 other health workers have been infected with coronavirus and 62 physicians died in the last four months, according to statistics of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) on Tuesday.


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