Hospitals of Bangladesh will be full if COVID-19 cases keep rising.
The Bangladeshi government warned on Sunday that there will be no room in hospitals for patients if COVID-19 cases continue to rise at the current rate, amid concerns about the rising number of deaths and infections after the Eid-ul holiday. -Azha. Bangladesh, which is currently facing a further increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths, recorded 228 more deaths and 11,291 new cases on Sunday.
The government had eased the strict blockade in view of the Eid-ul-Azha festival last week. However, on Friday he again imposed a stricter 14-day national lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque said everyone must abide by restrictions during the ongoing lockdown to reduce new cases, The Daily Star newspaper reported.
“We don’t want the number of patients to increase. To reduce the number of patients, we have to reduce the infection, ”Maleque said after visiting the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Convention Center here.
Expressing concern about the increase in the infection rate in many cities in the country, he warned: “If the infection continues to increase like this, there will be no room in hospitals.
“If the coronavirus situation is not controlled, it will damage the country’s economy, which we do not want. Therefore, there is no alternative to following the health safety rules, ”said the Minister of Health. The 1,000-bed BSMMU field hospital, including 200 intensive care units and high dependency units, will begin operating from next Saturday, according to the report.
On Saturday, India sent a shipment of 200 tons of liquid medical oxygen on an Oxygen Express train to Bangladesh. Giving details about COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh, the General Directorate of Health Services (DGHS) said on Sunday that 228 people died from the contagion in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll in the country to 19,274.
Dhaka recorded 69 deaths, the highest among the eight divisions, followed by Khulna with 50 deaths.
It said 11,291 new cases were reported during the past 24 hours with an infection rate of 30.04 percent, bringing the national count to 11,64,635. The government had reimposed the closure on Friday and said everyone must stay indoors as offices, courts, clothing factories, and all other export-oriented industries will remain closed.
The Deputy Minister of Public Administration, Farhad Hossain, said: “This blockade will be stricter than the tax last time.” Army troops, the paramilitary Border Guard of Bangladesh, and the elite personnel of the Rapid Action Battalion Against Crime have joined the police to enforce the closure on the streets of the capital, Dhaka, and other cities and their points input.
Uniform security personnel have set up makeshift checkpoints to restrict the movement of people without emergency needs. Health experts have said that the lifting of the ban allowed millions of people to travel home, crowding public buses and ferries, and warned that it could increase the number of victims and cases of infection in the coming days.