The number of recovered patients from the pandemic coronavirus crossed 100,000-mark in Bangladesh on Tuesday, but the new infections were rising.
The World Health Organization has warned that too many countries were inept in their response to the pandemic, meaning there could be no return to normality any time soon.
The Bangladesh health department in the latest update confirmed 3,163 new cases in the last 24 hours till 8am of Tuesday. During the period, 33 more patients died while 4,910 recovered from the disease.
With that, the total number of cases surged to 190,057, deaths 2,424 and recoveries 103,227.
The rate of infection from the 13,453 tested samples in 79 labs was 23.51 percent which is at least 1 percentage point more than the regular average of around 22 percent in recent weeks.
Experts fear that the movement of people during the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha can aggravate the situation.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned in Geneva that some countries easing their way out of lockdowns were now witnessing a resurgence of the virus because they were not following proven methods to reduce risks.
“I want to be straight with you there will be no return to the ‘old normal’ for the foreseeable future,” Tedros told a virtual news briefing.
“Let me blunt too many countries are headed in the wrong direction. The virus remains public enemy number one, but the actions of many governments and people do not reflect this.”
He said mixed messages from leaders were undermining trust.
“If governments do not roll out a comprehensive strategy to suppress transmission of the virus, and if the public do not follow the basics, “there is only one way this pandemic is going to go,” Tedros said.
“It’s going to get worse and worse and worse.”
The WHO declared the virus pandemic on March 11. Bangladesh first reported the cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.
So far, 54.31 percent of patients have recovered in Bangladesh. The death rate is 1.28 percent.
Of Tuesday's reported dead patients, 33 were men and 10 women.
Thirteen of them were hailed from Dhaka, five each from Sylhet and Khulna, three from Chattogram, four from Rajshahi, two from Rangpur and one from Barishal division.
Twenty-three of them have died in different hospitals and ten at their respective homes, additional director general for health Prof Nasima Sultana said at the briefing.
So far, the highest number of patients - 43.85 percent – were aged 60 and above.
The age groups of 51-60 and 41-50 come next with respectively 29.70 percent and 14.48 percent.
Rest of the age groups stand under eight percent, such as- 31-40 with 7.05 percent, 21-30 with 3.14 percent, 11-20 with 1.16 percent and under ten with 0.62 percent.
Of the fatalities, 78.92 percent were males and 21.08 percent females.
Currently, 61,643 people are quarantined across the country – including 2,050 newly-quarantined individuals. A total of 336,662 people have completed their quarantine course, Prof Nasima said.
She said 861 new individuals suspected of having Covid-19 were placed into isolation in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 17,660 after 20,471 left.
So far, Bangladesh has tested 966,400 samples for the virus which first emerged in China in December.