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Govt gets tough on violators of corona restrictions

  • Mohammad Al Amin
  • 21 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Govt gets tough on violators of corona restrictions

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The government is going to be strict about the proper implementation of eleven-point restrictions against coronavirus as the fatal virus is spreading fast, deteriorating the pandemic situation in the country.

Health experts said the country’s corona situation is becoming alarming as Omicron variant is taking a serious turn.

“The rising trend in coronavirus infection cases shows that Omicron cases are increasing in the country,” Prof Dr Ahmedul Kabir, additional director general (administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told the Daily Sun.

He said the rate of hospitalisation is less than the previous time still as a large number of people have been vaccinated and the treatment facilities also have been updated here.

Most of the patients infected with Delta variant are being hospitalised while most of the Omicron patients are suffering from mild illness.

“There are two dominating variants -- Delta and Omicron variants -- in our country. Omicron infection cases have also been increasing as the corona infection is increasing almost hundred percent almost every day,” DGHS spokesperson Prof Dr Robed Amin told the Daily Sun.

Delta variant dominated the country’s corona situation till mid-January this year and now Omicron variant is taking a serious turn.

The DGHS official, however, said there is no scope to remain callous seeing the mild illness of the

corona patients as it may turn severe if anyone does not remain cautious.

According to a report by the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID), 74 percent Omicron cases have been found in the country as they confirmed so far 63 Omicron cases in the country.

The country totally confirmed 71 Omicron cases after carrying out genome sequencing of samples of suspected cases. Eight more Omicron cases have been confirmed in Chattogram,raising the total number to 63 Omicron cases here. And the BSMMU found eight Omicron cases.

DGHS sources said the real scenario of Omicron is not confirmed in the country due to lack of adequate study on this.

In the current backdrop of the coronavirus situation, the government is going to be tough to implement the restrictions and health rules to contain spreading the deadly pathogen.

“The 11-point restrictions have been imposed to contain the Omicron. DCs have been asked to implement these restrictions. These will have to be implemented at district level,” Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque told reporters after attending the DCs conference on Thursday.

He said that DCs have also been asked to take legal action against those who will not follow the health guidelines.

Zahid Maleque said different types of social functions, including marriage ceremonies, will have to be stopped to contain spreading the coronavirus transmission.

“The corona infection is increasing as the infection rate has reached 25 percent in the country. Although we are not afraid, it is matter of fear and concern,” the health minister added.

He said they also called the DCs to work along with all of the district level corona related committees, local government representatives and local leaders to fight against the corona.

Zahid Maleque said the government has taken preparations as it has set up around 850 corona test labs, designated 20,000 beds in hospitals, recruited around 40,000 medical staffs including 15,000 physicians.

To prevent the highly contagious new African COVID-19 variant Omicron, the government has imposed fresh 11-point restriction which came into effect from January 13.

If the health guidelines are not followed, mobile courts will have to be conducted across the country, the notification of the restrictions said.

Witnesses said despite the government’s restrictions people are still defying the health rules and showing ignorant to wear the facemasks both in urban and rural areas across the country.

The DGHS said four more Covid-19 patients have died and 10,888 infection cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours till Thursday morning.

The daily coronavirus infection rate has been reported 26.37 percent.

The number of total infections has risen to 16,53,182 with the overall positivity rate 13.77 percent. Some 41,292 samples were tested in the last 24 hours to detect the infection cases.

The national death toll has increased to 28,180 with a case fatality rate of 1.70 percent.

Some 577 more Covid-19 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries to 15,54,845. The recovery rate reached 94.05 percent.