The number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing fast in Khulna and Rangpur divisions currently.
Some districts in the two divisions witnessed nearly 15 per cent rise in coronavirus patients whereas the national rate of increase was 5.80 per cent in the 10 days ending on Saturday.
Twenty districts across the country saw an increase in the cases by over 6 per cent in the past 10 days, shows an analysis of COVID-19 cases provided by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research.
IEDCR director Tahmina Shirin told New Age that they had noted the increase in the rate of patients in the districts, particularly in Khulna and Rangpur divisions.
She said that they were planning to declare the districts as ‘red zones’.
Tahmina said that while the rate of COVID-19 cases went down in recent days in the country as a whole, the rise in rates in some districts might be due to people’s reluctance to follow health guidelines.
‘The importance of wearing masks, washing hands, maintaining physical distancing remains as ever,’ she said.
In the 10-day period from September 3 to12, the COVID-19 cases increased by 9.34 per cent in Khulna division as a whole while the rise was 7.17 per cent in Rangpur division.
Over the same period, COVID-19 cases increased by 11.39 per cent to 14.29 per cent in the districts of Jashore, Magura, Meherpur, Jhenaidah, Kushtia and Chudanga in Khulan division.
But Khulna district witnessed an increase in cases by 6.83 per cent, she said.
In Rangpur division, the COVID-19 cases increased by 7.70 per cent to 14.89 per cent in the districts of Rangpur, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram.
The districts of Madaripur, Rajbari, Tangail, Manikganj and Narsingdi in Dhaka division witnessed a 6.66 per cent to 8.58 per cent rise in COVID-19 cases.
Among the high-rate districts, the cases went up by 7.99 per cent in Natore of Rajshahi division, by 6.25 per cent in Cox’s Bazar of Chattogram division, by 8.67 per cent in Sylhet of Sylhet division,
The capital city, on the other hand, witnessed a 6.94 per cent increase in the cases in the 10-day time.
Until Sunday, Bangladesh tallied 3,37,520 COVID-19 cases and 4,733 deaths from the infection.
The country is now in the 28th week of infection since the first three COVID-19 cases were confirmed on March 8.
The government has lifted restrictions on public movement since September 1, with the country witnessing a little decrease in the test positivity rate.
The test positivity rate in the country in the 27th week ending on Saturday was 12.80 per cent while it was 15.89 per cent in the 26th week, 17.35 per cent in the 25th week and 20.06 per cent in the 24th week.
Tahmina of the IEDCR said that despite the overall decrease in COVID-19 rates, the rate might increase further if people continued extensive movement without obeying the health guidelines on wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining physical distance.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 killed 31 more patients while 1,476 new cases were detected in the 24
hours ending at 8:00am Sunday.
With the numbers, Bangladesh so far recorded 4,733 COVID-19 deaths while
the number of total cases rose to 3,37,520, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.
The DGHS said on Sunday that 12,999 samples were tested in the 24-hour period and 11.35 per cent of them were found positive.
Among the 31 dead, three died at home.
Since May 17, at least 643 patients died at home and 33 on the way to hospital, with 14.28 per cent of the total COVID-19 deaths occurring outside hospital.
Twenty-five of the deceased were male and six female.
Twenty-one of them were above 60 years, seven between 51 and 60 years, two between 41and 50 years and one was between 31and 40 years.
Eighteen patients died in Dhaka division, five in Chattagram division, two each in Rajshahi, Sylhet and Rangpur divisions and one each died in Khulna and Mymensingh divisions.
The current overall rate of COVID-19 cases in the country is 19.53 per cent.
So far, 2,40,643 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the country, including 2,372 in the past 24 hours, according to the DGHS.
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