Dhaka, Bangladesh
Corona contagion still escalates worryingly

Corona contagion still escalates worryingly

Highest 1873 infected in one day, Ctg counts most of 20 new deaths

News Report: Corona contagion in Bangladesh is still picking up at higher rates, the highest daily tally recorded at 1873 Saturday, confusing medics as to where the peak. Twenty of the infected people died in the last 24 hours--four down from Friday's figure, 24,--but the body count created a new dimension that shifts the country epicentre of the pandemic to the port city of Chattogram from the capital city, Dhaka. As disclosed by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), four died in Dhaka division, eight in Chattogram, two each in Rangpur, Mymensingh and Rajshahi, and one each in Sylhet and Khulna divisions. The anatomy of the depth figures indicates decentralization of the incidence of the highly contagious virus to other denogrsphically high- density urban centres and pockets from Dhaka, Narayanganj and Gazipur hotspots with mass movement of people following the relaxation in lockdown. The death of corona patients in all but one division, first in a day, warrants an urgent qualitative improvement in treatments for the outlandish viral disease that has outwited entire medical world, including the WHO, and global political powers besides upending all set orders. And, after the recent garment-and shop-closing-and-reopening exodus from and influx into the capital, public-health experts and virologists now wonder where the situation is heading for with the merry mass march of homebound people for eid celebration with near and dear ones despite forbidding. "Many cases are asymptomatic, and unwittingly home-goers from hotspots would cause infection of those who are still safe. It will be geometrical spread, from one to three, three to nine...," said one physician who is a member of the government's advisory council on the novel coronavirus. Dr Mushtaque Hossain, adviser of the IEDCR, wondered how far the peak is being pushed back. "Maybe, there can be numerous peaks in as many hotspots to be created (with random movement of people)," he said. Professor Dr ABM Abdullah, prime minister's personal physician, advised stricter enforcement of the loose lockdown, but striking a "balance between between life and livelihood". With the latest 20 the death toll now stands at 452, said Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director- general (administration) of DGHS, during a briefing in the Covid-19 situation. A total of 1,873 have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of infected people reached 32,078. A total of 10,834 samples were tested across the country during this period. Meanwhile, 296 Covid-19 patients have recovered since Friday, taking the total recoveries to 6,486, the DGHS official added. Fifteen among the deceased died at hospitals, four at their respective residences and another was brought dead to the hospital. A total of 2,322 were quarantined in 24 hours. With this, the total number of quarantined has reached 2,60,416. Currently, 55,157 people are under quarantine. Age-wise features of the fatalities show two of the deceased were 21-30 years old, three between 31-40, three between 41-50, eight within 51-60, three between 61-70, and one in 71-80 age group.

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