Covid deaths cross 12,000 DGHS fears rise in cases after Eid

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:20, May 11,2021 | Updated: 23:24, May 11,2021


Bangladesh on Tuesday recorded 33 more Covid deaths and 1,230 new cases, with the country’s death toll from the disease crossing the 12,000 mark.

It took just 16 days to count the latest 1,000 deaths as the country saw a surge in Covid deaths in recent days, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

With the latest fatalities, the country’s Covid death toll has reached 12,005.

The health agency recorded over 2,000 deaths from Covid in the last 26 days.

Bangladesh saw a spike in Covid cases and deaths in the beginning of March this year after a gradual improvement in the Covid situation over January and February.

On January 23 the country’s Covid death toll reached 8,003 and 66 days later on March 31 the death toll was 9,046.

Over just 15 days, on April 15, the death toll reached 10,081 and in the next 10 days the figure hit 11,053 on April 25.

The positivity rate went above 23 per cent in the first week of April although it was between 2.5 per cent and 5 per cent during January and February.

Since April 17 the positivity rate has gradually fallen,  dropping to less than 9 per cent in the past few days.

DGHS director general ABM Khurshid Alam feared that the positivity rate would rise again after Eid.

In an online briefing on Tuesday he said that massive crowds of people, violating the Covid restrictions, were going to their village homes on the occasion of Eid.

‘We are afraid that the positivity rate will go up again after Eid due to the mass movement,’ he said.

Bangladesh on Saturday confirmed six Covid cases with the Indian variant.

People have to show utmost caution now, said Khurshid.

‘If you have any Covid symptom during your stay at the village home you should go to a testing lab and be in isolation if you are detected coronavirus positive,’ he told people who have gone home to celebrate Eid.

Requesting the authorities concerned to cooperate, he said that those who were coming from India must be put on a 14-day mandatory quarantine and they should be allowed to go home once they were found negative for Covid-19.

The government has announced restrictions on public movement until May 16 but vast numbers of people were recklessly travelling to their country home in recent days, raising the risks of large-scale Covid-19 spreading.

Health minister Zahid Maleque on Monday said that it was a ‘suicidal decision’ by those who were going home when the country detected Covid patients with the Indian variant of the coronavirus that has been raging through the neighbouring country for weeks.

According to the DGHS update on Tuesday, with the detection of the 1,230 new cases the number of the country’s Covid cases has reached 7,76,257.

It said that 14,184 samples were tested across the country in the past 24-hour period and 8.67 per cent of them were found Covid positive.

The overall positivity rate is now 13.71 per cent, with the overall death rate 1.55 per cent.

The country had 48,931 active cases on Tuesday.

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