Covid-19 kills 144 in 5 days

DGHS urges people to delay return to Dhaka by 2 weeks

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:04, May 16,2021 | Updated: 23:42, May 16,2021


Thousands of people crowd Shimulia Ferry Terminal in Munshiganj on May 9, 2021 even after the ferry services were suspended the day before and BGB personnel were deployed to restrain the people on their way to their village homes ahead of Eid. — Sony Ramany

Covid-19 killed 25 more people while 363 more were detected with the coronavirus in the past 24 hours ending at 8:00am on Sunday.

With the new figures, the country’s Covid death toll reached 12,149 and the number of cases rose to 7,80,159, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

In the past five days, including three days of Eid holiday, ending on Sunday, the DGHS recorded 144 Covid deaths and 3,902 cases.

The DGHS in the daily update said that 5,430 samples were tested across the country in the past 24 hours and 6.69 per cent of them were found positive for Covid-19.

DGHS spokesperson Nazmul Islam on Sunday said that although the positivity rate had dropped lately after the recent surge in Covid cases, there was no place for complacency.

‘It is still a higher positivity rate if we compare with the situation in January when the positivity rate dropped to 2.5 per cent,’ he said.

He warned that the situation might deteriorate further due to the movement of people before and after Eid-ul-Fitr. Nazmul requested people who went home during the Eid to delay their return to Dhaka.

‘Unless there is any emergency, please delay your return to Dhaka for a week to two weeks,’ he said.

Nazmul issued warning about the spread of the Indian variant of coronavirus, which is more contagious and deadly.

He said that many people returning from India were still trying to evade institutional quarantine.

‘Such attempt to avoid institutional quarantine is not expected. Any reluctance from you [India returnees] will help spread of the Indian variant across the country,’ he said.

‘You must stay at institutional quarantine, not at home isolation or other private arrangement like hotel stay,’ he said.

Bangladesh on May 8 confirmed the first six cases of Covid-19 with the Indian coronavirus variant.

Nazmul said that no new cases were detected with the Indian variant.

A rumor spread that two Covid patients were detected with the Indian variant at the Dhaka North City Corporation Covid-19 Hospital at Mohakhali but hospital director AKM Nasir Uddin in a press conference on Sunday said that they had not detected anyone with the Indian variant.

He said that samples of two patients who had come from India and were in isolation in the hospital were sent to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research for genome sequencing and the hospital had yet to get the report.

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