COVID outbreak on rise in border districts...

Dhaka, Friday   25 June 2021

COVID outbreak on rise in border districts

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 11:18 AM, 27 May 2021   Updated: 12:38 PM, 27 May 2021

A truck driver is being examined at the Bangladesh-India border. Photo: Collected

A truck driver is being examined at the Bangladesh-India border. Photo: Collected

Higher transmission of coronavirus has seen at the district level in the country, especially, infections are on the rise in districts bordering India.

Currently, the Covid-19 infection rate in the northern border district of Chapainawabganj is 63 percent and in the neighboring district of Rajshahi is 41 percent. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a report on the infection situation on Wednesday. 

According to the report, the rate of COVID patient growth in 22 districts of the country from May 17 to 23 is 100 percent or more as compared to May 10 to 16.

These districts include Chapainawabganj, Thakurgaon, Lalmonitorhat, Kurigram, Joypurhat, Rajshahi, Meherpur, Kushtia, Jashore, Satkhira, Sunamganj, Habiganj, Jamalpur, Rangamati and Bandarban bordering India. The list also includes Natore, Gaibandha, Khulna, Pirojpur, Jhalokati, Cox’s Bazar and Narsingdi.

A ‘special lockdown’ is already underway in Chapainawabganj district as the rate of Covid-19 infection has increased. Even after that measure — many people from there are going to Rajshahi and Dhaka. In one week (May 17-23), 179 patients were detected in the district while 73 COVID patients were detected in the previous week.

In terms of infection, the images of the top 10 districts show that 327,788 have been detected in Dhaka, 47,528 in Chattogram, 10,744 in Narayanganj, 14,744 in Cumilla, 14,219 in Bogura, 13,137 in Sylhet, 11,990 in Gazipur, 10,840 in Cox’s Bazar, 10,738 in Faridpur and 10,498 in Khulna. 

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the rate of infection at the district level has started to increase — especially in the border districts. In this case, the countrymen have to follow the hygiene rules with a little patience. Otherwise, it will be difficult to control the infection.