Bangladesh sees highest daily spike of 5,181 COVID-19 cases, tightens measures to fight new wave of infections


DHAKA, March 29 (Xinhua) — Bangladesh, struggling against a new wave of infections, Monday stepped up its COVID-19 combating measures.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) reported 5,181 new COVID-19 infections, the highest increase in a single day since the pandemic started in the country.

Since March 8, 2020, the coronavirus has so far spread to nearly every Bangladeshi district and the official data showed the national tally for COVID-19 infections has increased to 600,895 with 8,949 deaths including 45 on Monday.

The official data showed that 28,195 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.

The total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 538,018, including 2,077 new recoveries on Monday, said the DGHS.

The COVID-19 fatality rate in Bangladesh is now 1.49 percent and the current recovery rate is 89.54 percent.

Bangladesh had earlier recorded the highest daily new cases of 4,019 on July 2 and the highest number of deaths of 64 on June 30 last year.

In light of the rising infections since the middle of March, the Bangladeshi government on Monday imposed a new set of restrictions, including a ban on all public gatherings in areas with high rate of infections.

In a gazette notification on Monday, it asked passengers arriving from abroad to prepare for institutional quarantine for up to two weeks.

The gazette with 18 directives issued by the Bangladeshi Prime Minister’s Office said that buses will have to carry passengers half of their seating capacity and maintain the COVID-19 guidelines.

The directives which come into force immediately will remain in place for the next two weeks.

Also the country’s Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Monday said his ministry has made suggestions to the government to impose partial lockdown in areas with higher transmission of COVID-19.

“We’re expecting a decision in this connection within one or two days hopefully,” he said while speaking at an event of National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and Hospital, joining online. Enditem


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