As the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths registered a rise over the past several days, Bangladesh has taken a number of steps to contain the deadly virus amid fears of a second wave.
It has made mandatory for those arriving from abroad to carry a “negative certificate,” but will also be subjected to fresh tests in Bangladesh.
The government has also made wearing face masks compulsory or face fine or jail term, while it has ordered “No Mask, No Service” policy in all workplaces, public vehicles and shops.
Several days ago it extended school holidays since March this year when CoVID-19 hit this crowded South Asian country to 15 December 20, with many classes or tests are being taken virtually.
Many lawmakers and ministers have fallen sick with the virus over the past several days.
With fragile health facilities and many “illegal clinics and pathological laboratories” being shut down by the law enforcers, suspected cases will now have legal coronavirus reports.
The health authorities reported 39 deaths on 17 November taking the toll to 6,254, while 2,212 new cases were detected during the same period, bringing the total to 436,684. The maximum age of the dead is above 50 years old and majority of them are men.
Experts have warned of a possible second wave as winter is setting in with December being the usual coldest period for this tropical country
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), globally in the past week, rates of new COVID-19 cases and deaths continued to increase, with almost 4 million new cases and 60 000 new deaths recorded. Cumulatively as of 15 November 2020, 53.7 million confirmed cases and 1.3 million deaths have been reported to WHO.