Violation of health guidelines blamed for rapid virus spread

► Country sees highest deaths in 3 months
► 34 more die, 3,587 cases detected

Staff Correspondent

26 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Health experts have blamed reluctance to follow health guidelines for rapid spread of coronavirus infection in the country.

“There is no alternative to maintaining health guidelines including wearing mask and washing hands and maintaining social distance to control the coronavirus situation,” Dr Nazrul Islam, member of National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19, told the Daily Sun.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday said, “If the people do not wear the face mask and do not follow the health guidelines, it may be difficult to tackle the situation in the future.”

The number of coronavirus infection cases has increased due to noncompliance of health guidelines at gatherings in public and social events, he said.

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Thursday recorded highest number of deaths in the country in the last three months. 

The country saw further spike of the virus infection cases as 3,587 new cases were detected and 34 more patients died in the last 24 hours till Thursday morning.

Earlier, 3,567 cases were detected and 25 more patients died in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning and 3,554 cases were detected and 18 more patients died in 24 hours till Tuesday morning, which was the highest number of daily cases in the last eight months here.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 3,587 new cases were detected in the country in the last 24 hours till 8:00am Thursday, raising the total number to 5,84,395. 

Among the total deceased, the DGHS said 6,650 (75.79 percent) were male and 2,147 (24.41 percent) female across the country including in Dhaka while some of the patients died in home and large number in hospitals while undergoing treatment.

It also said 4,817 (55.89 percent) of them were aged over 60 while 2,182 (24.80 percent) were between 51-60 years old, 989 (11.24 percent) 41-50 years old,               

431 (4.90 percent) were between 31-40 years old, 174 (1.98 percent) were aged between 21-30 years, 67 (0.76 percent) were aged between 11-20 years and 37 (0.42 percent) were aged between 0-10 years old.

Some 1,985 more patients have recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total number to 5,29,894 in the country till the day. On the other hand, the recovery rate also has declined to 90.67 percent, it added.

The health directorate said 12.94 percent of the samples have been diagnosed with coronavirus till the date while 13.26 percent samples have been diagnosed with the fatal disease in a day.

A total of 27,324 samples, out of 27,045 collected, were tested at 222 labs in the country during the period, the report added. Three coronavirus testing labs have been added as the number of lab was 219 till Wednesday morning.

A total of 45,14,731 samples have been tested so far to detect coronavirus infection across the country. The first case of Covid-19 was detected on March 8 last year while the first death was recorded on March 18 the same year in the country.

The number of coronavirus tests and new infection case detections started to decline in the first week of July last year and the fall continued till the first week of March this year.