Dhaka division is the highest affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in Bangladesh as around 71 percent of total patients have been detected and 57.57 percent of total deaths reported in the division.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 786,698 coronavirus patients have been detected and 12,310 patients have died in the country till May 21.It said the highest number of fatality in the deadly pathogen has been reported in the Dhaka division as 7,087 or 57.57 percent deaths in Covid-19 were registered till Friday morning.
The DGHS data further said 2,320 or 18.85 percent deaths in Covid-19 were reported in Chattogram, 649 or 5.27 percent in Rajshahi, 748 or 6.08 percent in Khulna, 370 or 3.01 percent in Barishal, 435 or 3.53 percent in Sylhet, 447 or 3.63 percent in Rangpur and 254 or 2.06 percent in Mymensingh division.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as of May 16 this year, 70.7 percent of coronavirus infection cases were from Dhaka division (60.9% at Dhaka city), Chattogram – 12.7 percent, Rajshahi – 4.2 percent, Khulna – 4.1 percent, Sylhet – 2.7 percent, Rangpur – 2.4 percent, Barishal – 1.9 percent and the lowest 1.3 percent from Mymensingh division.
In the epidemiological week 20 in the current year, the report said among the reported 7,80159 infection cases of the country, 5,51896 cases were detected in Dhaka division, 98,904 in Chattogram, 32,852 in Rajshahi, 32085 in Khulna, 20,992 in Sylhet, 18,346 in Rangpur, 15,077 in Barishal and the lowest 10,007 in Mymensingh division. The coronavirus situation remains almost ‘stable’ across the country including in capital as the daily infection rate remains around 7-9 percent for last few weeks.
However, Health Minister Zahid Maleque warned of a third wave of coronavirus infection if people do not follow the current health guidelines including wearing mask and maintaining social distance.
However, the government took several initiatives to check the second wave of the coronavirus infection as it increased treatment facilities and issued an 18-point directive, including limiting public gatherings for the next two weeks, in an effort to contain the spread of the virus on March 29.Later, the government imposed restriction on public movement since April 5 with 11-point restrictions to combat the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases. After seven days of the restriction, the government started all out restriction on public movement that will continue till May 23.
The first case of Covid-19 was detected in Bangladesh on March 8 last year while the first death was recorded on March 18 the same year.
However, in the first wave, the number of coronavirus infection cases and death started to decline in the first week of July last year and it continued to fall till the first week of March this year.
Anyway, in the second wave, the numbers of infections and deaths started rising from March 10 and reached its peak in the middle of April this year.
In the second wave, the death and infection cases further started declining since middle of April this year and in beginning of the May the trend of declining the new cases and casualty continued.
Dr Md Robed Amin, spokesperson for the DGHS, at its health bulletin on Wednesday said, "The Indian variant (of coronavirus) has already come to our country. It may start infecting people on a large scale anytime. Therefore, all must wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow other health rules."
The DGHS spokesperson claimed that they are keeping hospitals and isolation centres and all other necessary medical equipment ready to face the situation if the 3rd wave of coronavirus hits the country. “There’ll be no crisis of oxygen supply in hospitals.”
He said the rate of both deaths and infections from coronavirus has come down after Eid-ul-Fitr compared to that in April. “It means the ongoing lockdown has succeeded in bringing down the infections. But we have to remain alert.”