Covid-19: Rajshahi, Khulna tops Dhaka in 24 hours...

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Covid-19: Rajshahi, Khulna tops Dhaka in 24 hours

 Country Desk

 Published: 11:30 AM, 11 June 2021  

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Coronavirus outbreak is on the rise in the country’s border districts. Covid-19 cases and deaths are increasing day by day since the Indian Delta variant was detected in the country. Currently, the variant is spreading to other districts as well. In the last 24 hours, Rajshahi and Khulna divisions have topped Dhaka – which has been at the top of the list so far - in terms of detecting fresh COVID cases. 

About 815 people have been detected with Covid-19 in the Rajshahi division in the last 24 hours. The second-highest number of 578 virus cases detected in Khulna and 513 in the Dhaka division.

Hospitals in several border districts are struggling to cope with the pressure of patients. In some hospitals, it is not possible to admit patients due to bed crises. The coronavirus situation in districts and upazilas is getting out of control day by day. The situation in Rajshahi, Natore, Naogaon, Joypurhat, Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat and Jashore is particularly worrying.

Out of 815 people detected with Covid-19 in the Rajshahi division, the highest number of patients is in the Rajshahi district - 353 people. 15 people have died in the last 24 hours in the corona ward of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH). On Thursday morning, 290 patients were admitted out of 271-beds hospital. 

The number of beds has been increased in the corona ward of RMCH due to the lack of patient space. Even then, the bed crisis has been seen in the hospital, as a result, the hospital authorities have started using ward number 15 as corona ward.

“42 people have been admitted in the last 24 hours,” said RMCH Hospital Deputy Director Dr. Saiful Ferdous, informing that 18 of them are from Rajshahi, 16 from Chapainawabganj, seven from Naogaon and one from Natore.

A seven-day “strict lockdown” has been announced in Rajshahi City Corporation area from 5 pm on Friday. The lockdown will continue till midnight on June 18. DC Dr. Humayun Kabir made the announcement at an emergency meeting at the Circuit House at 9:30 pm on Thursday

In Joypurhat, 438 sample tests were conducted on Wednesday, yielding the virus-positive cases of 101 people. Besides, 63 Covid-19 cases were identified in Bagerhat, 43 in Dinajpur Sadar Upazila, 94 in Naogaon, 13 in Jashore’s Abhaynagar and 62 in Natore.

The administration has announced lockdown in Joypurhat and Panchbibi municipal towns every day from 5 pm to 6 am the next day to control the infection. The mobile court is being also conducted.

“The infection rate was slightly lower on Thursday. One died each in Mongla and Rampal upazilas,” said Bagerhat Civil Surgeon Dr. KM Humayun Kabir.

In the last 24 hours, 264 people have been quarantined in Naogaon. 36 people are undergoing treatment in different upazila hospitals including district sadar hospital.

Meanwhile, a seven-day lockdown in Khulna’s Paikgachha municipality started at 6 am on Thursday and will continue till 12 am on June 16. Patient admission to Khulna Corona Hospital has been postponed due to a bed crisis. The lockdown in Satkhira has been extended till June 17 in the second phase as the COVID outbreak could not bring not under control. 48 people have been identified in this district in 24 hours.

“126 patients were admitted to the 100-bed hospital on Thursday morning. Later, four more were admitted,” said Dr. Suhas Ranjan Haldar, spokesman of Khulna Corona Hospital. “Now it is not possible to admit patients as there are no beds. On Thursday, 109 people were detected with Covid-19 at Khulna Medical College Hospital.”

A committee of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) recommended lockdowns in seven border districts in May due to an increase in Covid-19 cases. But lockdown was not given in any other district except Satkhira. Apart from this, the local administration has announced lockdown at several UPs and municipal levels. However, even though it was not recommended, a lockdown was given in the Chapainawabganj district earlier due to an increase in infections and deaths.

“Health Services Division is concerned about the districts bordering India,” said Prof. Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Director General (DG) of DGHS, informing that vaccination plans have been adopted in those districts on a priority basis. 

According to DGHS, 2,576 people have been identified with the coronavirus in the last 24 hours – which is the highest in the 1.5 months. With this, the overall caseload has reached 820,395. Besides, 40 people died in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 12,989. Another 2,061 people recovered, increasing the recovery to 729,630.