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On 2 January, as many as 557 Covid cases were reported and it stood at 1,116 on Saturday. At the beginning of January, the positivity rate was below 3 percent, he said.

However, the positivity rate rose to 6.78 per cent on Sunday, according to the DGHS. Meanwhile, the omicron-infected patients are doing well as no one of them has any complication and many of them returned home after recovery, according to the DGHS.

"So, there's nothing to fear about omicron," said professor Nazmul. Professor Nazmul said the omicron variant has increased the number of patients in different countries. As a result, the pressure of patients is also increasing in the hospitals.

"The number of patients is also increasing in the country, but we all can contain it, hopefully."

Emphasising the importance of raising public awareness, the DGHS director said anyone infected by Covid-19, not only by omicron, can seek timely medical assistance. "If you undergo treatment without hiding the information, it would be easy to fight it off."

He also said much information about patients with omicron cannot be shared for privacy concerns.

Professor Nazmul said, "The way we've fought coronavirus in Bangladesh in the last two years with everyone's cooperation, we'll be able to continue the trend in the current year, too."

Meanwhile, Bangladesh logged three more deaths and 1,491 new infections in 24 hours till Sunday morning.

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