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Corona infection rate nears 21pc

10 more die, 6,676 infected

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 18 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Corona infection rate nears 21pc

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The health and family welfare ministry is worried about the rise in coronavirus infection cases in the country as the daily infection rate has already jumped to near 21 percent.

“Delta and Omicron cases are increasing. We are a little bit worried about it. The infection rate has been increasing in such a way that it will not take much time to cross 30 percent,” Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said while talking to reporters at the Secretariat after holding a meeting with Russian ambassador on Monday.

Mentioning that the pressure of Covid-19 patients has increased in hospitals, he feared that there may be no bed available in hospitals to admit patients within one month or one and a half months. “Then it will be difficult to provide treatment for the patients.”

Zahid Maleque said the country’s coronavirus situation will worsen if people move recklessly without masks. Everyone must follow the health guidelines imposed by the government, he said.

“The 11-point restriction of the government has to be followed. Otherwise, the Omicron cases will increase further,” he added.

About the outbreak of new variant of coronavirus Omicron, the health minister said, “Through carrying out genome sequencing of samples of Dhaka city, it has been seen that the infection with Omicron variant has reached 69 percent which was earlier 13 percent. We have got this information in the last 10 days. We think that the rate outside Dhaka is also same.”

He said that there was an agreement with Russia on vaccine procurement but the country has not received the vaccine yet. “They [Russia] want to provide their Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik Light. But, we asked them to send vaccines as per the agreement first.”

Meanwhile, addressing a virtual press conference on Monday, Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said: "Today's positivity rate is 20 percent and it is an alarming sign for the country. The corona infection has increased alarmingly in the last two weeks. If we can’t control it, then it will pose a severe threat to us."

He said many patients have been infected with Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the country but the number of infection with Delta variant is still highest here. “Omicron cases are increasing in Dhaka while its prevalence is less in other cities.”

The DGHS chief said 80 percent of Covid-19 patients who died were unvaccinated and the rest of the patients were suffering from serious co morbidity and diabetes. “However, the number of Delta coronavirus infection is still almost 80 percent.”

“We have all-outs preparation to face the fresh wave of coronavirus. But we have limitation of capacity. If the number of corona patients goes out of the capacity, then it will be difficult to tackle the situation,” he added.

At the briefing, Prof Dr Meerjadey Sebrina Flora, additional director general (planning and research) of the DGHS, said the health authorities have taken a decision to strengthen the ongoing coronavirus vaccination programme.

Mentioning that people of various sectors will be brought under the vaccination, she said industrial workers, transport workers and shop workers will also be brought under the vaccination in phases.

The fresh spike of the coronavirus infection and death has been going on in the country as the number of daily infection cases cross 6,000-mark while the infection rate has been reported over 20 percent.

According to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 10 more Covid-19 patients died and 6,676 infection cases were recorded in the last 24 hours till Monday morning.

The daily coronavirus infection rate has been reported 20.88 percent on Monday. It was 17.82 percent on Sunday, 14.35 percent on Saturday, 14.66 percent on Friday, 12.03 percent on Thursday, 11.68 percent on Wednesday, 8.97 percent on Tuesday and 8.53 percent on Monday.

The number of total infections has risen to 16,24,387 with the overall positivity rate of 13.66 percent. Some 31,980 samples were tested in the last 24 hours to detect the infection cases.

The national death toll has increased to 28,154 with a case fatality rate of 1.73 percent.

Some 427 more Covid-19 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours till Monday morning, raising the total number of recoveries to 15,53,320. The recovery rate reached 95.62 percent.

The country's maiden case was reported on March 8, 2020 while the first death from the virus was reported on March 18 the same year.

Meanwhile, the DGHS sources said the new variant of coronavirus Omicron is playing a role in increasing the number of coronavirus patients in the country as 55 Omicron cases have so far been confirmed here.

The community transmission of Omicron variant has also happened in Bangladesh while the health authorities feared that the number of the coronavirus infected patients may see sharp rise within few days.

The DGHS is also taking necessary preparations to accommodate patients in the current situation as it has asked hospital authorities to prepare 20,000 beds for corona patients.