Monday, 8 August, 2022

Corona cases tripled last month

18 died, 20,278 infected in June

The number of coronavirus cases last month was three times higher than it was the month before, as the country is currently going through its fourth wave of infection.

According to experts, a new wave of coronavirus infection could continue until the end of July, and only adhering to health guidelines, such as wearing a mask, can prevent further increases in cases and fatalities.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 20,278 infection cases and 18 deaths were reported in June. On the other hand, 816 infection cases and four deaths were reported in May.

Earlier, 1,114 infection cases and five deaths were reported in April; 8,000 infection cases and 85 deaths were reported in March; 1,44,747 cases and 643 deaths were reported in February; 2,13,294 infection cases and 322 deaths were reported in January this year.

The health experts said people’s ignorance of maintaining health guidelines and the influence of sub-variants of Omicron coronavirus are the main reasons behind the fresh surge of the virus.

The country is currently facing the fourth wave of coronavirus infection as it has already crossed three waves of virus transmission since the beginning of the pandemic across the world.

The country's first coronavirus infection case was reported on March 8, 2020, and the first death from the disease was reported on March 18, the same year.

In the fourth wave of the coronavirus infection, the number of infection cases has started to increase since the middle of June this year. Then the number of infection cases and deaths keeps rising.

The country’s coronavirus situation has been deteriorating day by day as the number of fatalities from the disease has also been increasing here.

Bangladesh recorded five corona deaths in the last 24 hours till Friday morning, after 111 days.

All five deaths occurred in Dhaka district among people aged over 40 years, and two of them were women. The last time the DGHS reported five deaths in a day was on March 11.             According to the DGHS, 1,897 new corona infection cases have been reported and five more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours till Friday morning.

It was for the 10th consecutive day that the daily corona cases stayed above the 1,000 mark, which is a big change given that the daily corona death toll remained below 100, largely below 50, between late March and early June.

Earlier, 2183 infection cases were reported on Thursday, 2241 cases on Wednesday, 2,087 on Tuesday, 1680 on Monday, 1,680 on Sunday, and 1,280 on Saturday.

The daily infection rate was reported as 15.31 percent on Friday. Thursday saw 15.70 percent, Wednesday saw 15.23 percent, Tuesday saw 15.47 percent, and Monday saw 15.66 percent, Sunday saw 15.07 percent, and Saturday saw 12.18 percent.

The positivity rate surged to 5.76 percent on June 16, which was the highest in the last three and a half months. Earlier, on February 23, the positivity rate was reported at 6.77 percent.

So far, 29,154 coronavirus-infected patients have died and 19,75,682 cases have been detected.

Meanwhile, 248 corona patients were recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total number to 19,07,757. The rate of recovery was also 96.56 percent.

Some 12,389 samples were tested in the last 24 hours till Friday morning, while 12,403 samples were collected during the same time.

In May, the country reported only four coronavirus deaths and 816 infection cases, while 7,356 patients recovered from the disease, according to the DGHS.

According to experts, the current coronavirus outbreak could last until July.

The government has made the use of masks mandatory in public places and asked people to avoid gathering to stem the virus surge, warning of legal action against covidiots.

The Cabinet Division issued a six-point directive on Tuesday saying masks will have to be worn everywhere mandatorily by applying the "No Mask, No Service" policy while social distancing will have to be maintained and public gatherings will have to be avoided to keep the infection rate in check.