Bangladesh sees surge in Covid cases, infection rate

A girl looks on a wall painting on Covid-19 restriction at a school.
Prothom Alo file photo

Bangladesh has witnessed a surge in the coronavirus cases with the health authorities reporting two more deaths and 2,458 new cases in 24 hours till Tuesday morning.

UNB adds: With the fresh cases reported after testing 27,709 samples, the daily positivity rate jumped again to 8.97 per cent from Monday’s 8.53 per cent during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The health authorities logged 10,392 infections in the last 10 days since 1 January.

The fresh numbers took the country’s total fatalities to 28,107 while the caseload mounted to 1,598,389 on Tuesday.

The country logged 2,588 cases on 9 September last year along with 58 deaths in 24 hours.

The mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.76 per cent in the last 24 hours.

The recovery rate kept declining to 97.06 per cent with the recovery of 274 more patients during the 24-hour period.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s total tally of Omicron cases reached 30 with detection of nine more cases on Monday, according to GISAID, a global initiative on sharing all influenza data.

On 9 December last year, Bangladesh again logged zero Covid-related death after nearly three weeks as the pandemic was apparently showing signs of easing.

The country reported this year’s first zero Covid-related death in a single day on 20 November last year along with 178 infections since the pandemic broke out in Bangladesh in March 2020.

Bangladesh logged the highest number of daily fatalities of 264 on 10 August last year, while the highest daily caseload was 16,230 on 28 July last year.

Covid restriction

On Monday, the government has imposed restrictions on public movement and other activities like operating public transport at their half capacities as well as ensuring safety protocols after observing the outbreak of Omicron variant of Coronavirus and the overall Covid situation in the country.

This restriction will take effect on 13 January and will remain in force until further notice.