June 16, 2021, 11:06 pm

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2021-06-08 07:57:48 BdST

Corona Transmission: 40 districts identified as highly risky zones

Over 40 districts have been identified as risky zones for high transmission of coronavirus as its infection rate has increased across the country in the last one week.

“In nine districts, the daily coronavirus infection rate has risen to over 30 percent while the infection rate has been reported over 15 percent in 34 other districts,” Dr Md Robed Amin, a spokesperson for the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said on Monday.

He said the corona infection rate has been increasing in many districts and border areas while both the number of infection cases and casualties have increased in the border areas.

Robed Amin, also Line Director (NCDC) of the DGHS, also said Pirojpur district of Barishal division, Lalmonirhat of Rangpur division, Bagerhat, Chuadanga, Meherpur, Narail and Satkhira of Khuna division, Natore, Chapainawabganj and Rajshahi of Rajshahi division and Faridpur, Gopalganj and Narsingdi of Dhaka division, Jamalpur, Tangail and Netrakona of Mymensingh division and Feni of Chattogram division are among the highly transmitted areas of the country.

He said the health directorate has recommended imposing special lockdown on the areas where the coronavirus infection rate has risen to over 30 percent.

“However, the local administration will take measures as per the situation of the respective areas complying with the DGHS recommendation in a bid to check the coronavirus transmission,” the DGHS official said.

According to the DGHS, 1970 coronavirus infection cases were detected in 24 hours across the country on June 7; 1676 on June 6; 1447 on June 5; 1887 on June 4; 1687 on June 3; 1988 on June 2; 1765 on June 1; 1710 on May 31; 1444 on May 30 and 1043 on May 29.

Deaths of 30 corona patients were reported in 24 hours across the country on June 7; 38 on June 6; 43 on June 5; 34 on June 4; 30 on June 3; 34 on June 2; 41 on June 1; 36 on May 31; 34 on May 30 and 38 on May 29.

“The daily coronavirus infection earlier came down to around 5 percent in the country, but it has again increased and reached around to 9-10 percent in the last few days. So, the coronavirus situation is not stable now,” Dr Robed Amin said in a virtual health bulletin on Sunday.

He said the coronavirus infection with Indian delta variant of coronavirus has already spread in different places in Bangladesh.

“Not only border areas but also other areas of the country have been affected by the Indian variant of the coronavirus. The infection and fatality rate of the delta variant is high. So, we have to strictly maintain the health guidelines.”

Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said on May 31 that local administration would be able to impose a lockdown if necessary, considering the Covid-19 situation.

On June 1 in a press release, the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 said it found that the country’s overall Covid-19 situation has deteriorated as high transmission of the virus has been detected in border districts -- Chapainawabganj, Natore, Rajshahi and Naogaon of Rajshahi division and Satkhira, Jashore, Khulna and Bagerhat of Khulna division.

“The high transmission of coronavirus has been seen in some other districts too. Besides, the community transmission of the Indian variant of the virus has been found in the country. Despite all-out efforts, it may be a big challenge for the health department to ensure treatment if the coronavirus transmission happens on a large scale,” the national committee said.

The national committee also advised the government to impose lockdown on border districts as those are now at risk of high transmission of coronavirus. It also suggested enforcing regional lockdown in areas with high infections.

The first case of Covid-19 was detected on March 8 last year while the first death was recorded on March 18 the same year in the country.

Both infections and deaths from coronavirus started to decline from the first week of July last year and the fall continued till the first week of March this year.

However, the numbers started rising further from March 10. Highest 7,626 cases were reported on April 7 and record 112 deaths were registered on April 19.

Following a fresh surge in both infections and deaths from the deadly pathogen, the government enforced a lockdown which has been extended until May 30 further.

The government has extended the countrywide restriction until June 16 as the coronavirus situation has not been stable yet.

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