COVID-19 daily detection reaches 4,014 in Bangladesh

Experts point to lax enforcement of restrictions

Manzur H Maswood | Published: 14:48, Jun 29,2020 | Updated: 00:26, Jun 30,2020


The daily detection of CIOVID-19 patients reached 4,014 in Bangladesh in the past 24 hours till 8:00am Monday.

The figure took to 1,41,801 the detection in the country while 45 people died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours taking to 1,783 the death toll from the novel coronavirus.

The daily detection topped 3,000 on June 14, two weeks after the government had lifted the restriction on public movement, and sustained above 3,000.

Experts attributed the rising detection of the infection to rampant movement of people, thanks to the lax enforcement of restrictions.

Infection would not decrease if the restriction on public movement is not ensured alongside the early case detection, isolation and quarantine of the contacts, they said.

Directorate General of Health Services additional director general Nasima Sultana said in the online bulletin on Monday that 17,083 samples were tested at 65 labs in the past 24 hours and 4,014 found positive.

The infection rate was 22.50 per cent on the day, showing a rising trend of infection. The weekly infection rate was 22.39 and 21.65 per cent in the past two consecutive weeks.

Public health expert Rashid-e-Mahbub said that the high infection rate was ‘obvious’ as people were growingly coming out of home.

Virologist Nazrul Islam, also former Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medcial University vice-chancellor, said that the increase in infection rate was the outcome of the apathy to lockdown.

‘Lockdown should be one of the key measure to check the infection rate, but we’ve lifted the restriction while the zone-wise enforcement is also not being done properly,’ he said.

Bangladesh passed 114th day of the infection since the first cases on March 18.

The country is now on the 17th week of infection.

The government lifted the restriction on public movement on May 31, also the beginning of 13th week.

The detection in 13th week was 18,418 with 236 death.

The detection and death started increasing after the restrictions had been eased.

In the 14th week, the detection was 21,353, which rose to 24,396 in 15th week and 25,203 in the 16th week.

The number of death, however, decreased slowly — 293 in the 14th week, 286 in the 15th week and 270 in the 16th week.

Nasima said that among the new 45 deceased, 14 died at homes and one was brought dead at hospital and the rest died at hospital.

Of them, 36 were males and nine were females.

Of the new deceased, two were aged 21–30, three aged 31–40, seven were aged 41–50, 11 were aged 51–60, 14 were aged 61–70, 6 were aged 71–80 and 2 were aged above 81 years.

In the past 24 hours, 2,053 people were declared recovered as they showed no more symptoms of COVID-19. So far, 57,780 were declared recovered.

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