Dhaka, Bangladesh – Bangladesh has enforced a brand new algorithm and tips to verify a pointy rise in COVID-19 infections prior to now week.
The South Asian nation reported 3,359 new instances and 12 COVID-related deaths on Thursday, with a positivity fee of 12 %, in response to a day by day bulletin issued by the Directorate Common of Well being Companies (DGHS).
The DGHS has declared the capital, Dhaka, and the southeastern district of Rangamati “crimson zones” because the an infection fee in these districts was reported to be between 10 % and 19 %.
“Now we have been witnessing fairly a pointy rise in COVID-19 instances. The day by day positivity charges now have crossed 10 % for the previous three days,” DGHS spokesman Dr Robed Amin instructed Al Jazeera.
Amin stated greater than 80 % of the COVID-19 instances detected in Bangladesh are nonetheless of the Delta variant. “The instances of Omicron variant nonetheless are rising,” he stated.
Bangladesh, dwelling to 180 million individuals, confirmed its first Omicron instances within the second week of December when two girls cricketers returned from a collection in Zimbabwe.
The most recent figures took the nation’s complete deaths to twenty-eight,123 whereas the entire caseload mounted to 1,604,644. On January 1, Bangladesh had detected solely 370 instances with a day by day positivity fee of two.43 %.
“The continual improve in infections signifies that group transmission of Omicron has already begun to some extent,” Well being Minister Zahid Maleque instructed a media briefing on Wednesday.
The minister warned that the state of affairs might worsen and put a severe pressure on the nation’s healthcare system within the coming days. He urged individuals to put on masks outdoor, preserve bodily distance, and get vaccinated as quickly as doable.
A day after his warning, the federal government issued an 11-point directive, together with obligatory COVID-19 passes and restrictions on occasions and transport amenities.
The restrictions mandate individuals to put on protecting face masks at outlets, procuring malls, markets, inns, eating places and different public locations. All social, political and non secular public gatherings at open areas have been banned till additional discover.
Trains, buses and launches have been instructed to hold passengers at half capability. The foundations additionally say that college students above 12 years of age is not going to be allowed to attend in-person courses with out exhibiting a vaccine certificates.
To implement the foundations, the federal government has arrange cell courts throughout Dhaka, although native media experiences stated the foundations aren’t being strictly adopted within the metropolis.
“We’re presumably getting into into the third wave of the coronavirus due to Omicron variant,” Dr Tahmina Shirin, director of Dhaka-based Institute of Epidemiology, Illness Management and Analysis (IEDCR), instructed Al Jazeera.
“It’s a worldwide pattern. The entire world has been witnessing a fast surge in instances. The Omicron variant may be very contagious,” she stated.
Throughout the second wave of the pandemic in July and August final 12 months, Bangladesh witnessed greater than 200 deaths a day for a couple of month. Many died on account of a scarcity of medical oxygen.
“This time, the caseloads are prone to be greater than the second wave since Omicron spreads sooner. At this level, we are able to’t make sure in regards to the demise fee as international tendencies counsel Omicron shouldn’t be as lethal as Delta,” Shirin instructed Al Jazeera.
She, nonetheless, stated individuals ought to preserve hygiene and comply with the COVID-19 tips.
“Carrying masks and sustaining social distance remains to be the very best method to curb the unfold of infections.”