‘We’re really in a danger’

The government’s health department on Monday expressed their frustration of the coronavirus situation and asked citizens to stay at home and maintain physical distancing. “We’re really in a danger,” additional director general for health services Prof Nasima Sultana said in the daily health bulletin before announcing the new cases.

She said the new cases were rising by the day with the deaths. “Today the number of new cases is higher than the usual,” she said as the government confirmed the highest single-day new cases of 492 on Monday. Ten deaths a day were also the highest. With that the number of deaths rose to 101, a month after the government recorded the first death on March 18.

“We are really passing through a dangerous situation,” the additional director general said as the number of total cases also reached close to 3000. “We cannot stop new cases and the procession of deaths unless you (people) help us,” she lamented as the coronavirus outbreak in Bangladesh showed no sign of slowing down.

Ten more patients have made recovery from the disease in the last 24 hours. The government tested 2,779 samples across the country and found 492 more coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours. With that, the total number of infections rose to 2,948. Eight of the deceased were men and two women. Two of the deceased were from Dhaka and three of the 10 dead aged above 60.

The infection rate has gone up in Gazipur and Kishoreganj districts as people travelled from Narayanganj hotspot. The global death toll from coronavirus reached 165,058 on Monday morning. So far, 2,406,905 cases have been confirmed around the world after the highly contagious disease was first reported in China in December last year, according to worldometer.

Of those infected, 1,624,834 are currently being treated and 54,218 of them are in serious or critical condition. So far, 617,013 people have recovered. The World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11. Bangladesh recorded first cases on March 8.