Five Months into Corona Outbreak

3,500 die, 2.6 lakh cases detected

Mohammad Al Amin

11 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Over 2.60 lakh people have tested positive for coronavirus while the deadly virus has claimed around 3,500 lives in the last five months since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

Health experts have put emphasis on following preventive measures and isolating infected patients on a large scale after carrying out test in a bid to check further transmission of the virus as there is no let-up in rate of detection of new cases and fatalities.

“The coronavirus infection rate has decreased in some countries of the world but it is not confirmed yet whether the virus has become weak. However, in our country, there is no alternative to remaining cautious and following preventive measures against COVID-19. The government also must continue to make people aware of the virus,” former vice-chancellor of BSMMU Dr Nazrul Islam told the daily sun.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the death toll from Covid-19 reaches 3,438 while the number of detection stands at 2,60,507. A total of 12,73,168 samples have been tested.     

Bangladesh confirmed the first Covid-19 case on March 8 and the first death was on March 18.

“Bangladesh overall attack rate is 1,421.5 per 1 million and 100 percent of districts with the total population of 170,306,468 have reported confirmed COVID-19 cases. In the epidemiological week 31, the COVID-19 weekly attack rate increased by 7.2 percent in comparison to the previous week,” said a WHO report, made on the basis of information available from March 8 to August 3.

Talking to the 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, “There is no change of characteristics of coronavirus yet. However, people have become tolerant to the pandemic situation.”

He, however, said people always have to remain cautious about the coronavirus and have to follow the preventive measures like personal hygiene and using protective gear.

At the media briefing on August 6, WHO Director-General said more than 18.5 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported to WHO and seven hundred thousand lives have been lost.

“No country has been spared. Low, middle and high-income countries have all been hit hard. The Americas remain the current epicentre of the virus and have been particularly hit hard. No single country can fight this virus alone,” he added.

According to Gavi, the vaccine alliance, “yet in reality, viruses like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are mutating all the time and often this process does not have any impact on the risk the virus poses to humans.”

Dr Nazrul Islam, also a virologist said, “The government should introduce mopping system in areas mostly affected by the coronavirus. The authorities concerned should mark areas as per the coronavirus infection rate and identify the virus infected patients and carry out contact tracing.”

“The patients and suspected patients have to be identified through testing and be sent to isolation if tested COVID-19 positive. The law enforcers and volunteers may help the authority to implement it,” the member of National Technical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 added.

Addressing the regular health bulletin of DGHS, its additional Director General (admin) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana on Monday said 2,907 new cases have been detected and 39 more people died of the virus in 24 hours till 8:00am. The current case detection rate is 22.62 percent. She further said the total case detection rate in Bangladesh is 20.46 percent while the death rate is 1.32 percent and the recovery rate is 57.75 percent as over 1.5 lakh Covid-19 patients have made recovery.

The frontline fighters, including health professionals, have also been affected by the coronavirus as around 7,400 health professionals have been detected with coronavirus and 73 physicians died.

Dr Md Habibur Rahman, director at MIS section of the DGHS, said, “In our observation, the total coronavirus situation remains steady for a few days while the number of deaths slightly falls.”

Sharif Jamil, general secretary of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), said, “Testing in Bangladesh is world famous for fraudulence, isolation centre is nightmare and treatment facility is available for a limited people. People have now left everything to their fate, though they are aware of the risk.”