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Covid-19: 30 more deaths, border districts still plagued by infections

File photo of a Covid-19 deceased being taken for burial Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Stricter restrictions imposed in Khulna, fresh restrictions in Ukhiya and Teknaf

Bangladesh registered 30 deaths from Covid-19 in the 24 hours to yesterday morning, with the border districts still plagued by high rates of infection.

Among the deaths, seven Covid patients died at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH), including three from Chapainawabganj district and one each from Rajshahi, Natore, Pabna and Naogaon districts.

With the fresh deaths, 60 people have now died in Rajshahi division since June 1. A total of 232 patients were undergoing treatment at the hospital, including 18 in the ICU, RMCH Deputy Director Saiful Ferdous said.

In the past 24 hours, 20 people have been admitted to RMCH with Covid-19 symptoms. Among them, 16 are from Rajshahi district, three from Chapainawabganj and one from Naogaon district, according to sources at the hospital.

With yesterday’s deaths in different parts of the country, the total death toll now stands at 12,869. A further 1,970 people tested positive on the day, taking the total number of infections to 812,960.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) revealed the latest figures on Covid-19 in the country through a press release yesterday.

Of the 30 deceased, including 19 men and 11 women, seven were from Dhaka division; 11 from Chittagong; four from Sylhet; three from Khulna; two each from Rajshahi and Mymensingh; and one from Rangpur division.

Among them, 17 patients died at government hospitals, 10 at private hospitals, and three at home.

Twenty-two of the deceased patients were aged above 60, two between 51 and 60, and three each in the 41-50 and 31-40 age groups.

So far, 9,275 men (72.07%) and 3,594 women (27.93%) have died from Covid-19 across the country.

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Since the arrival of the pandemic in Bangladesh, 7,236 people have died in Dhaka division, 2,468 in Chittagong, 727 in Rajshahi, 819 in Khulna, 389 in Barisal, 477 in Sylhet, 488 in Rangpur, and 265 in Mymensingh.

The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.58%.

Covid-19 infections, deaths continue to surge in Khulna

Doctors and healthcare workers at Khulna’s Covid-19 hospital are overwhelmed as new infections continue to rise. In the two months since April 1, as many as 105 people have died in hospital while 3,102 people have tested positive for the deadly virus. 

Among people who tested positive, 2,374 were residents of Khulna.

Two more patients died at the hospital in Khulna on Sunday, while 50 people tested positive in tests carried out at Khulna Medical College Hospital. 

Of the new infections, 39 are from Khulna district, six from Bagerhat, three from Jessore, and two from Satkhira.

The total caseload in Khulna so far, stands at 10,672 with 182 fatalities, said Civil Surgeon Dr Niaz Mohammad.

Stricter restrictions imposed in Kushtia

The local administration in Kushtia has imposed strict restrictions on public movement amid the worsening Covid-19 situation in the country’s border districts, reports UNB.

The administration issued a circular asking people to complete their necessary work from 10am to 8pm every day in order to prevent a transmission of Covid-19, said Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Saidul Islam.

The restrictions came into effect from Sunday midnight and will continue till June 16.

According to the circular, all shops and markets will remain open from 10am till 8pm while following health guidelines.

All hotels, restaurants, kitchen markets, and shops will be closed at 8pm. Restaurants and hotels can supply food through online services, and no one will be allowed to dine on the premises.

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All kinds of tourist spots, resorts, community centres and entertainment centres will remain closed during this period. No one will be allowed to hold public gatherings, social events, or political and religious programs.

According to the District Covid-19 Prevention Committee, Covid-19 cases are on the rise in the district with the infection rate being at 24.13% on Sunday.

The health authorities said 56 people were found infected with the virus in the 24 hours between Sunday and yesterday mornings after the testing of 181 samples.

Lockdowns lifted, fresh movement restrictions imposed in Teknaf, Ukhiya

Local administrations have lifted the ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas of Cox's Bazar and imposed fresh movement restrictions.

The restrictions will remain in effect till June 13, confirmed Nizam Uddin Ahmed and Parvez Chowdhury, the upazila nirbahi officers (UNO) of Ukhiya and Teknaf, respectively.

Earlier, the authorities had declared a lockdown in four wards of Ukhiya’s Rajapalong union for a week from June 1.

Meanwhile, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) Shah Rezwan Hayat said it would be decided today whether the ongoing lockdowns at five Rohingya camps, which have been in effect since May 21, would be extended.

The initiative to increase movement restrictions was taken in the wake of the recent alarming rise in Covid-19 infections at the Rohingya camps and in Ukhiya upazila.

Ukhiya UNO Nizam Uddin Ahmed said more than 400 local people in the upazila had tested positive for Covid-19 in the last month. Among them, over 200 patients were from Rajapalong union.

A total of 2,443 Covid-19 cases were recorded in Ukhiya upazila until Sunday. The patients include 1,315 local citizens and 1,128 Rohingya refugees.

NGOs operating in the host community will be able to provide only essential emergency services subject to permission from the upazila administration while the restrictions remain in effect.

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