3 million people registered for corona vaccine

Staff Correspondent

20 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Around 30 lakh people registered for Covid-19 vaccine in Bangladesh till Friday noon while one percent of the total population has been vaccinated so far.

According to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 29,62,000 people have registered online to receive the coronavirus vaccine in the country till

2:30pm on Friday as 18,48,313 people have already received the vaccine across the country.

It said 5,42,674 coronavirus infected patients have been detected and 8,337 of them died in the country.

Meanwhile, speaking at a programme at Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) auditorium in the capital, Dr ASM Alamgir, Principal Scientific Officer of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said, “So far, 15 countries in the world have been able to vaccinate more than 1 percent of their population, of which Bangladesh is one.”

Mentioning that the rate of daily coronavirus infection remains below 5 per cent over the last one month, he said it doesn’t mean that the virus infection has declined.

“The virus infection has risen after declining in many countries. So, there is no way of being relaxed about the deadly disease. We have to wear face mask and maintain hygiene alongside taking the vaccine. The vaccine will reduce the death but it is not only way to prevent the virus infection,” he said.

Mentioning that the coronavirus is a global problem, Dr ABM Abdullah, the prime minister's personal physician said, although it is declining in Bangladesh, the infection rate is still high in many countries.

“If all the countries in the world are not good, we will not be good either as many people of the countries where the infection still prevails will come to our country. We have to remain careful so that the virus cannot spread further,” he said. Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad (SWACHIP) President Dr M Iqbal Arslan said though the coronavirus infection has declined here, the Bangladesh is not free from the risk of the deadly virus infection yet.

He said the government has to take initiative to check public gathering to stop spreading the virus.