Monday, 6 December, 2021
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Country’s corona situation now stable

18 more die, 794 infected

Bangladesh has recorded a coronavirus positivity rate of less than 5 percent for 14 consecutive days, suggesting that the country’s virus situation is now stable as per the health experts.

However, they warned against complacency, saying all must adhere to health guidelines, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, to maintain the current falling trend of the infection rate.

“The coronavirus situation of Bangladesh is now stable as the daily infection rate remains below 5 percent for two weeks in a row. The pandemic can be termed under control if no new infection is reported for 2-3 consecutive weeks,” Prof Dr Robed Amin, spokesperson for the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told the Daily Sun.

According to the DGHS, the country reported 18 more deaths and 794 infections from coronavirus over the last 24 hours till 8am on Monday. The daily case positivity rate was 3.19 percent during the period.

With this, the country reported an infection rate below 5 percent for two weeks in a row.

According to the experts, the Covid-19 situation is considered stable if the daily positivity rate remains below 5 percent for two consecutive weeks. In the epidemiological week 39 (September 27-October 3), 6,613 infections were detected, 159 corona patients died and 7,275 patients recovered. On the other hand, in the epidemiological week 38 (September 20-26), 8,668 cases were reported, 189 died and 9,938 patients recovered. 

After the invasion of the Delta variant of virus, the infection rate continued to swell in the country reaching the peak at 32.55 percent on July 24 last.

During the second wave of the coronavirus infections, highest 264 deaths were recorded in the country on August 5 and August 10 while record 16,230 cases were reported on July 28.

The daily infection rate started declining from the beginning of the last month.

In the first three days of September, the infection rate was a little bit over 10 percent but it declined below 10 percent from September 4 and below 5 percent infection rate was reported on September 21.

Last year, the positivity rate started declining from the first week of September which was 15 percent during the time. Later, the infection rate declined to 12 percent in the following weeks. The infection rate was near 12 percent in October last year.

Talking to the Daily Sun, Dr Nazrul Islam, a member of the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19, said, “We can term the country’s current coronavirus situation ‘low-infection rate’ stage as the daily infection rate remains less than 5 percent for two consecutive weeks. But we can’t call it under control.”

Describing the reasons behind the falling positivity rate, he said, “Vaccination, growing immunity from virus infection and viral interference may be the reasons. But it’s surprising that the infection rate is declining so quickly when we’re still ignoring health guidelines.”

Dr ASM Alamgir, principal scientific officer at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said, “The current coronavirus situation can be termed tolerable. But we have to continue to follow the health rules, including wearing masks and maintaining hygiene, in a bid to continue the downtrend of the infection rate.”

According to the DGHS, the number of total infections has risen to 1,558,758 with an overall positivity rate of 15.87 percent.

The national death toll has increased to 27,591 with a case fatality rate of 1.77 percent.

At the same time, the recovery rate continued to improve in the country reaching 97.49 percent with the recuperation of 834 more Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours. In total, recoveries stand at 1,519,588.

A total of 24,928 samples, out of 25,236 collected, were tested at 821 labs in the country during the period. With this, 9,819,418 samples have so far been tested across the country.