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Concern about rising Covid infection

September 23, 2022 00:00:00

Covid-19 infections are on the rise again in Bangladesh. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the infection rate has seen a 47 per cent increase in the country within a week. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) statistics also show an increase in the number of infections. The daily positivity rate rose to 14.73 per cent on Wednesday from Tuesday's 12.73 per cent. It is generally believed that for every confirmed case there are five unreported cases, leading to the conclusion that the actual number of daily infection is at least five times the officially confirmed figure.

If the infection is not controlled now, there may be a possibility of a fresh wave of Covid-19 cases in our country. The threat is likely since people no longer appear worried about contracting coronavirus and do not observe preventive health protocols. Public transports, as usual, are dealing with overwhelming rush of passengers, almost all without wearing face masks, in congested spaces while people are attending large social, political and religious gatherings.

Those who are still unvaccinated should immediately receive vaccine to check the transmission cycle of the virus. Wearing mask and avoiding public gathering should also be considered the most effective mechanism in checking the surge of Covid cases.

Abu Elias Linkon,

Banasree, Dhaka,

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