Twelve districts have been marked as red zones or highly risky places of the coronavirus transmission as the fatal virus has been spreading alarmingly in the country.
The districts are Dhaka, Gazipur, Chattogram, Rangamati, Khagrachhari, Jashore, Kushtia, Rajshahi, Bogura, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat and Panchagarh.
The corona infection rate has crossed 25 percent in the last 24 hours which is the highest in the last 5 months, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
The government has already taken various measures, including issuing 11-point restrictions and preparing hospitals, to deal with the pandemic situation.
KM Ali Azam, senior secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, told reporters on Wednesday that DCs have been asked to stay alert and run activities, maintaining health rules.
The DGHS also marked 32 districts as ‘orange zone’ or at ‘mid-level risk,’ where the infection has been reported between 5 percent to below 10 percent.
The orange zoned or mid-level risky districts are Mymensingh, Khulna, Barishal, Manikganj, Sirajganj, Gopalganj, Rangpur, Jamalpur, Naogaon, Jhenaidah, Natore, Satkhira, Pirojpur, Bagerhat, Magura, Narail, Patuakhali, Kurigram, Joypurhat, Sherpur, Jhalakati, Thakurgaon, Narayanganj, Noakhali, Cox's Bazar, Moulvibazar, Faridpur, Munshiganj, Laxmipur, Shariatpur, Sylhet and Feni.
The risk-free districts are Brahmanbaria, Habiganj, Narsingdi, Kishoreganj, Sunamganj, Tangail, Madaripur, Rajbari, Bhola, Netrakona, Gaibandha, Chapainawabganj, Barguna, Chuadanga, Nilphamari, Meherpur, Cumilla, Chandpur and Pabna.
The DGHS has published the list of districts based on corona infection rate and considering the risk of last one week between January 10 and January 16 this year.
Earlier on 12 January, the DGHS marked Dhaka city and Rangamati district as red zones for infection rates over 10 percent while Jashore, Rajshahi, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat, Natore and Rangpur districts were marked as orange zones.
DGHS spokesperson Prof Dr Nazmul Islam said in a health bulletin that 23,931 infection cases (228 percent) have increased in the country in the last week (January 12-18). Some 34,405 infection cases have been reported in the last one week.
He further said 37 deaths or 185 percent have increased in the last one week. Some 57 deaths have been reported in the last one week.
The National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 has given five recommendations, including providing of facemasks among general people at free of cost.
In the fresh surge of coronavirus, the number of infection cases is jumping every day as the daily positivity rate rose to 25.11 percent, which was the highest since 7 August last year.
According to the DGHS, the daily coronavirus infection rate has been reported 25.11 percent. It was 23.98 percent on Tuesday, 20.88 percent on Monday, 17.82 percent on Sunday and 14.35 percent on Saturday.
The number of total infections has risen to 16,42,294 with the overall positivity rate 13.72 percent.
Some 37,830 samples have been tested in the last 24 hours to detect the infection cases. The national death toll has increased to 28,176 with a case fatality rate of 1.72 percent.
Some 473 more Covid-19 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning, raising the total number of recoveries to 15,54,268. The recovery rate reached 94.64 percent.
The country's maiden cases were reported on 8 March in 2020 and the first death from the virus was reported on 18 March.
DGHS sources said Omicron, a new variant of coronavirus, is playing a role in increasing the number of coronavirus patients in the country. So far, 55 Omicron cases have been reported in the country.
The community transmission of the Omicron variant also has happened in Bangladesh while the health authorities feared that the rush of the coronavirus infected patients may see sharp rise within few days.