2nd wave of corona hits many countries

Mohammad Al Amin

30 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Maintaining preventive measures like wearing mask and washing hands are the key to resisting the second wave of coronavirus infection in absence of Covid-19 vaccine, according to health experts.

However, they said people should remain alert about the second wave of the deadly virus infection in Bangladesh in the winter, as already the second wave has started in various countries across the world including in America and Europe. 

France and Germany have announced a second lockdown in a bid to stop a mounting new wave of coronavirus infections from swamping hospitals and undoing the hopes of economic recovery, said reports of international media.

A massive second wave of Covid-19 infections has prompted European countries to tighten their preventive measures, including reimposing lockdowns, to stem the spread of coronavirus.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday evening that France will go into national lockdown starting from Friday. Germany also announced a partial lockdown on Wednesday, starting from November 2.

European Commission President on Wednesday called on the European Union (EU) member states to shoulder responsibility at all levels to fight the second wave of the pandemic.

Amid its non-stop spread, the global confirmed cases of Covid-19 surpassed 44 million on Thursday, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The data shows the Covid-19 cases reached 44,400,318 while 1,173,270 fatalities were recorded till this morning.

The US has registered over 227,663 deaths and more than 8.8 million infections – both the highest in the world, according to the reports.

However, the Bangladesh government including its health and family welfare ministry has been claiming that it has already taken enough preparations to face the second wave of coronavirus.

Health and Family Welfare Minister ZahidMaleque recently at a programme in Dhaka said the government will not delay bringing the coronavirus vaccine for the people of the country. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the current month at a programme said: “The outbreak of coronavirus may come again in the approaching winter. Bearing that in mind, we have been making arrangements for all the medicare services such as installing ICU and oxygen in every district hospital.”

The premier simultaneously said her government has instantly appointed 2,000 doctors, 3,000 nurses and technicians soon after the outbreak of coronavirus to ensure prompt healthcare services to Covid-19 patients.

The first case of Covid-19 was detected on March 8 while the first death was recorded on March 18 in the country.

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said the total number of coronavirus infection cases has reached 4,04,760 after testing 23,10589 samples while 5,886 covid-19 patients have died.

It said 17.52 percent of the samples have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 1.45 percent patients have died. Some 11.78 percent samples have been diagnosed with the disease in a day. The recovery rate from Covid-19 disease has reached 79.32 percent in the country.

The number and percentage of new cases of coronavirus infection has decreased in the last few weeks across the country as it now stands in between 10 to 15 percent during the time.

“Now the daily coronavirus infection case detection rate is around 10-11 percent. If the daily case detection rises more than this consistently for two consecutive weeks and the uptrend continues, then we will consider it a second wave of the virus infection in the country,” Virologist DrNazrul Islam, a member of National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19, told daily sun. He said there is no alternative to maintaining necessary preventive measures like wearing mask and washing hands with water and soap frequently.

“In Bangladesh perspective, we will not advise that lockdown be imposed if the country is hit by the second wave of coronavirus infection, but we will advise the government to follow the mop-up system. As per the mop-up system, the covid-19 patients will have to be tested and isolated,” Nazrul Islam said. 

Dr ASM Alamgir, Principal Scientific Officer of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told daily sun that, “All have to remain alert about the coronavirus infection during the winter as it may turn severe with cold-related diseases and asthma.”

He also emphasised the need for wearing mask and washing hands to prevent the coronavirus infection.