Covid-19: Bangladesh records 2,364 cases, 30 deaths


Dhaka, Nov 19: Amid a rising trend in both the number of Covid-19 infections and deaths, Bangladesh recorded 30 more deaths  in 24 hours until Thursday morning, raising the death toll to 6,305.

Besides, health authorities detected 2,364 new cases during the period , taking the caseload to 441,159.

Besides, 1,934  patients recovered from the disease, and the number of total recoveries from coronavirus have jumped to 356,772.

The fatality rate in Bangladesh is 1.43  percent, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The daily infection rate was recorded 13.48 percent upon testing 16,823 samples in 24 hours. 16.92 percent of the tested 2,606,952 samples so far have turned out to be Covid-19 positive.

The recovery rate has climbed to 80.86 percent in Bangladesh, the health authorities said.

Bangladesh is seeing 2590.38 infections, 2094.59 recoveries and 37.02 deaths per million.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8. The number of cases reached the 300,000-mark on August 26. The first death was reported on March 18 and the death toll exceeded 6000 on November 4.

The government has recently asked the administration to strengthen the mobile court operation and enforce laws to ensure the use of masks, also in the capital, to check the raging Covid-19 pandemic.

“We’ve already asked them [admin] to strengthen the mobile court operation or law enforcement further in different places of the capital. Hope, it’ll start within the next two to three days,” said Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam.

He was briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting on Monday.

The Cabinet issued instructions to take a tougher stance to check the Covid-19 as its infection rate has started increasing slightly, he said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the Cabinet meeting, held at the Bangladesh Secretariat, joining from her official residence Ganobhaban virtually

‘No mask no service’

The directives came as people are largely reluctant about wearing face-masks despite several calls from the government to take precautionary measures in the wake of a fresh surge of the Covid-19 infection rate in many countries across the world during the winter season.

The government in October last introduced ‘No mask no service’ policy in all the government and private offices.

The government has also issued an instruction to all the offices and institutions saying that masks must be used in all institutions, haats, markets, shopping malls, schools, and social and religious gatherings.

On November 2, the Prime Minister at the Cabinet meeting directed the authorities concerned to strictly implement the “no mask no service” policy at every government and private offices to prevent the Covid-19 infection and check the possible 2nd wave of the pandemic during the winter season.