BSS-52 New variant of COVID-19 may spread faster : Maleque





New variant of COVID-19 may spread faster : Maleque

DHAKA, March 31, 2021 (BSS) – Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque today said new variant of COVID-19 may spread faster in Bangladesh as it is a densely-populated country.

“COVID-19 virus variant is changing its shape in course of time… is urgent to maintain COVID-19 treatment protocol management to contain the deadly virus,” he told a virtual view-exchange meeting here, an official release said.

Advisor of Bangladesh Private Medical College Association (BPMCA) and State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr. Md. Enamur Rahman addressed the meeting as the special guest with the BPMCA President MA Mubin Khan in the chair. Chairmen of different medical college and hospitals, physicians and senior officials also addressed the meeting.

The health minister said, “People should not be panicked…. rather they should maintain health rules and remain aware of the disease. Alongside receiving vaccines, people must follow health codes to fight the lethal virus.”

Private health sector has made a valuable contribution to contain the spread of coronavirus through extending its healthcare facilities to COVID-19 positive patients, he added.

Both public and private healthcare sector should work together to halt the outbreak of the virus, Maleque said, adding, “We have to improve the healthcare system to handle the pandemic.”

Bangladesh today reported 5,358 COVID-19 cases, the highest number in a single day, and it recorded 52 virus deaths, the highest number in over seven months.

“The tally of infections has surged to 6,11,295 as 5,358 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours,” a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

A total of 52 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing
the death toll from the pandemic to 9,046.

The country has logged over 5,000 COVID-19 cases for the third consecutive day, the DGHS said adding 5,181 COVID-19 cases were recorded on March 29, 5082 on March 30 and 5,358 on March 31.