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Covid positive cases increasing in the country: Health Minister

Covid positive cases increasing in the country: Health Minister

Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Monday (Jul 13) said Covid-19 positive cases are increasing in the past few days in the country. Since early March, infection rate of coronavirus has been decreasing sharply... and now the country is witnessing rising trend of the deadly virus, he told a meeting on MBBS admission at his ministry, an official release said.

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman, Secretary of Health Education Division Md Saiful Hasan Badal, Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Professor Dr. Md. Sharfuddin Ahmed and President of Bangladesh Private Medical College Association Mubin Khan, among others, were present at the meeting.

The health minister said Bangladesh has become a role model for controlling coronavirus as the country successfully handled three waves of the deadly virus.

“When almost the entire world was struggling to combat the lethal virus... we have taken multiple measures under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to protect lives of the people from the disease,” he added.

The health minister said Bangladesh secured fifth position in the world for its success in combating the highly contagious virus while the country attained top position among the South Asian countries.

Maleque said, Bangladesh has so far inoculated nearly 26 crore doses of vaccines.

He attributed the controlling of third wave of Covid-19 that hit Bangladesh mid-January this year, to expansion of vaccination coverage including booster dose.

Bangladesh reported no new Covid-19 death in 24 hours till Monday (Jun 13) morning, while it recorded 128 coronavirus positive cases during the period.

The country logged 1.91 percent Covid-19 positive cases as 6,688 samples were tested in the same period.

The official tally showed that the virus killed 29,131 people and infected 19,54,243 so far.

The recovery count rose to 19,05,337 after another 71 patients were discharged from the dedicated hospitals during the past one day.

From the beginning of the pandemic, 97.50 percent Covid-19 patients recovered among the infected people while 1.49 percent died, the DGHS statistics showed.

Among the 29,131 fatalities, 12,801 occurred in Dhaka division, 5,863 in Chattogram, 2,142 in Rajshahi, 3,718 in Khulna, 982 in Barishal, 1,328 in Sylhet, 1,417 in Rangpur and 880 in Mymensingh divisions.