Khulna div now corona hotspot

Special Correspondent

11 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

After Rajshahi, the bordering division of Khulna has now turned into a hotspot of coronavirus.

With the presence of the Delta or Indian variant of the virus in the country, the situation in this bordering region, including Satkhira and Bagerhat districts, has started to take a serious turn.

 Five people have died of coronavirus in the division in the last 24 hours till Thursday morning.

At the same time, a total of 578 people have been infected with the virus, highest-ever tally in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic.

A total of 695 people have died and 38,000 tested positive for Covid-19 in Khulna division till now.

Rasheda Sultana, director of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) for Khulna division, came up with the information while briefing reporters on Thursday noon.  

People in the region are at greater risk of catching the Delta variant of the virus which is devastating India because six of its districts share a 284 km-long border with the neighbouring country.

The local administration in Satkhira has extended the ongoing lockdown for seven more days to June 17 as the coronavirus situation in the district has not improved.

The decision was taken in an emergency meeting of the district coronavirus infection prevention committee held at the conference room of the district administration on Thursday.

All kinds of public transport, shopping malls and markets will remain shut during the prolonged period, too.

But shops of daily commodities will stay open from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Bangladesh closed the border with India on April 26 to stop the spread of the Delta variant.

But many people have entered Bangladesh from India through different checkposts since then.

Many have crossed the border into India illegally or are entering Bangladesh through illegal means in order to avoid the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Meanwhile, 12 more people have died at the coronavirus unit of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) in the last 24 hours till Thursday morning.

Nine of the dead hail from Rajshahi district while the rest three were from Chapainawabganj.

Seven of the deceased had tested positive for Covid-19, according to RMCH Deputy Director Dr Saiful Ferdous.

The rest died before their tests were completed. Of the seven who tested positive, five were from Rajshahi and two from Chapainawabganj.

With this, a total of 92 patients have died at the hospital’s coronavirus unit in the past 10 days.

Fifty-six of them tested positive for Covid-19 while the rest were showing symptoms consistent with the disease.

Another 42 patients were admitted to the unit in the past 24 hours, Dr Saiful said.

Of them, 18 hail from Rajshahi, 16 from Chapainawabganj, seven from Naogaon and one is from Natore district. Twenty-five patients recovered and returned home during the same period.

As of 6am on Thursday, the corona ward, which has a capacity of 271 beds, was taking care of 290 patients. Of them, 142 were from Rajshahi, 111 were from Chapainawabganj, 15 from Naogaon, 15 from Natore, three from Pabna and Kushtia each and one was from Chuadanga. Eighteen people were also admitted to the intensive care unit.

The local administration has already started imposing strict lockdown on bordering districts to curb the spread of coronavirus.

As part of it, Chapainawabganj, Natore, Khulna and Bagerhat districts have also been put under strict restrictions.

Meanwhile, the authorities enforced a weeklong lockdown in Natore and Singra municipality areas starting on Wednesday to contain the spread of coronavirus.