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Hospitals asked to ready 20,000 beds

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  • 13 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Hospitals asked to ready 20,000 beds

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The government has asked the hospital authorities to prepare some 20,000 beds for corona patients as the pandemic is surging again in the country.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque came up with the information while addressing a programme at Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS) in Mohakhali of the capital on Wednesday.

“Corona patients are rushing to hospitals. The number of patients may rise in the next five to seven days. That’s why hospital authorities have been asked to prepare some 20,000 beds,” he said.

The minister further said if the number of patients rises to 40,000 or one lakh, it will be difficult to accommodate them.

The number and rate of the daily coronavirus infections are increasing day by day in the country.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), four more Covid-19 patients have died and 2,916 infection cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

In another development, the 11-point restrictions imposed by the government against the corona surge will come into effect today.

“Wearing facemasks will be mandatory in all workplaces. If anyone does not wear mask, s/he will be fined or may be jailed. There is also a directive to close shops by 8pm,” the minister added.

“Already the number of patients has increased manyfolds. The infection rate has crossed 11 percent today. The number of patients also has neared 3,000. The increased number of patients will put a pressure on hospitals,” he added. The health minister further said 15-20 percent of the total coronavirus infection cases in the country are Omicron ones as the community transmission of the new variant of Covid-19 has already happened here a little bit.

Mentioning that more than 8 crore people have received first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and around 4.75 crore received second dose of the vaccine, Zahid said the government has also 6-7 crore vaccine in its hand currently.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in Bangladesh has marked Dhaka and Rangamati districts as high risk or red zones because of their high infection rates.

After analyzing countrywide coronavirus infection transmission data for a week, the DGHS published a list, putting all districts in three categories – red, yellow and green zones.

Addressing a health bulletin of the DGHS, its spokesperson Prof Dr Robed Amin said the infection rate in Dhaka district stood at 12.9 percent while 10 percent infection has been reported in Rangamati – both higher than the national average.

On the other hand, six border districts -- Jashore, Rajshahi, Natore, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur --- are at low-to-mid level risk of the virus transmission.

Fifty-four other districts are in the green zone as their infection rates were between 0% and 4%, the DGHS data added.

Dr Robed Amin said 10 percent coronavirus sample test has been increased as 10,474 infection cases were detected in the country in last epidemiological week (January 5-11). “The coronavirus cases have increased 6,000 or 169.12 percent in the last week than the previous week,” he added.

He said anyalising the corona situation of the last week, it was also found that the infection number has become almost double as it was 4.20 percent on January 5 and increased to 8.97 percent on January 11.

The DGHS official further said 4,588 infection cases were reported in December while it 12,850 cases have been reported in current month till January 11.

The Cabinet division on January 10 has issued 11-point restrictions, banning all sorts of open-air gatherings, including social, political and cultural ones, to check further spread of coronavirus.

The restrictions said sellers and buyers have to wear facemasks mandatorily in all public gatherings, including shops, shopping malls and bazaars. Otherwise, the persons will have to face legal action.

Facemasks will have to be worn outside homes as mobile court will have to be conducted to prevent disobedience to health rules. People have to show vaccine certificates to eat at restaurants and to stay in hotels. The students aged over 12 years will not be allowed to enter class without vaccine certificate.

Trains, buses and launches can carry half passengers of total capacity.  

All types of social, political and religious programmes and gatherings will be stopped at open space.