Friday, January 28, 2022

Bangladesh: COVID positivity rate jumps to 11.68 percent

The COVID 19 pandemic in Bangladesh continued to deteriorate with a rise in sample positivity rate and the daily infections reported from the country.

 

According to the latest bulletin released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Wednesday, the sample positivity rate rose to 11.68 percent from 8.97 percent as on Tuesday.

The country also reported 2916 new cases of Coronavirus which is the highest number in a single day since Sept 3 last year.

The DGHS has declared Dhaka and Rangamati districts of the country to be in ‘red zone’ as the infection rate in these districts was reported to be between 10-19 percent.

Six other districts including Jassore have been declared to be in yellow zone or ‘mid-level risk’ zones with infection rate between 5-9 percent.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said that hospitalisation and death may see a rise as the COVID infection has surged in the country, reports UNB.

He said that the number of people hospitalised with COVID has gone up from 250 last week to over 1000 this week.

Meanwhile, the new restrictions come into effect from Thursday in Bangladesh.

The government has announced that public transport including buses and waterways will be allowed to carry passengers upto 50 percent of their capacity.

The railways will implement this from Saturday, 15 January.

The government has also stepped up monitoring at the airports requiring incoming passengers to show vaccination certificates and undergo tests on arrival.

All kinds of public gatherings have been banned in order to control further spread of the coronavirus and its new variant Omicron.

 

By: Rajesh Jha/Dhaka

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