Dhaka – Bangladesh’s health situation has gradually been worsening with rising number of infections reported every day as a nationwide lockdown that was imposed to contain spread of the novel coronavirus lifted more than two weeks ago.
Health officials reported 4,008 new cases in the last 24 hours ended on Wednesday making the total number of Covid-19 patients to 98,489 since the first three cases were reported in early March.
Health directorate official Nasima Sultana said it was the hugest reported infection in a day. While addressing an online news briefing, she also urged people to maintain precautions to remain safe.
The South Asian country reported more than 51,000 cases only in 17 days after the government lifted the lockdown on May 31, when the number of virus cases was nationwide 47,153.
The deaths are also increasing. With 43 new deaths reported on Wednesday the toll rose to 1,305. The number of deaths caused by the coronavirus symptoms are not included in the government tally. In addition, there are reported deaths from lack of treatment, as many hospitals have allegedly been ignoring the patients suffering from other diseases.
Bangladesh allowed public and private offices to reopen on May 31 as the authorities lifted the nationwide shutdown they had imposed in March to slow the virus’ spread.
The government has now been planning for localized lockdown in dozens of areas marked as coronavirus hotspots to be guarded by the army troops to ensure that the health guidelines are maintained.
A high-level national health advisory panel on Monday marked nationwide 65 areas, including 45 in the capital Dhaka, as “red zone” to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
But the scenario is still obscure as to when the government will implement the lockdown in those areas. Army troops were seen on Wednesday guarding the crowded city streets, where physical distancing is nearly impossible.