by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Both the number of infections and deaths from the novel coronavirus have jumped once again in Bangladesh as assumed when tens of thousands of people left the cities unguarded for their home villages to celebrate the Muslims’ religious festival of Eid-al-Fitr earlier this month.
The government reported 37 deaths in the last 24 hours ended on Wednesday morning compared to 30 in the previous day. The daily death counts were 32 and 25 respectively on Monday and Sunday. The fatality toll now stands at 12,248 since the virus was reported in March last year.
Some 1,608 people have been infected with the virus during the period, raising the total number of infections to 783,737, according to a health ministry press release issued on Wednesday.
Twenty-four among those died in the last 24 hours are male while 13 others female. Dhaka division reported the highest 16 deaths followed by 15 in Chittagong. Two each were died in Khulna and Sylhet while one person died in the northern division of Rangpur.
The recovery count stands at 726,132 persons with 1,923 people recovered in the last 24 hours. Some 20,528 samples were tested in different hospitals during this time.
Given the rise in the number of deaths and infections, the government early last month imposed a nationwide lock-down shutting transports, shops and offices to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. But the restrictions were somewhat relaxed ahead of the Eid-al-Fitr to allow the people to celebrate one of their largest religious festivals.
Shopping malls and inter-city buses were allowed to ply on the streets and large number of private vehicles also crowded on the roads.
Taking the advantages of the exemptions, hundreds of thousands of desperate city dwellers cramped onto ferries to go to their homes. There were no questions of maintaining health guidelines when they travelled to their villages putting them to the risk of being infected.
They returned to the city in the same fashion after the festival was ended.