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Avoid public gatherings to fight Covid surge: NTAC


Published : 28 Jun 2022 11:18 PM | Updated : 29 Jun 2022 02:21 PM

In the wake of fresh surge in Covid cases in the country, the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19 placed six recommendations to contain its spread.

The Cabinet Division issued a notification on Tuesday requesting all concerned to implement the recommendations of NTAC.

The recommendations include:

1. Requesting media to raise awareness among people for maintaining health guidelines

2. Making use of mask mandatory everywhere, enforcement of ‘No mask no service’ policy, ensure social distancing and avoid public gatherings.

3. Ensure use of mask and maintain social distance in all religious places including mosques, temples and churches.

4. Asking people to undergo Covid-19 test if they see Covid symptoms including fever, cough and cold.

5. Ensuring mask use at all shopping malls, shops, markets, hotel-restaurants or facing legal action.

6. Imams of mosques to give sermons for maintaining health guidelines and wearing masks to all during Juma prayers.

The Cabinet also asked the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to   implement the recommendations.

Bangladesh registered three more Covid-linked deaths with 2,087 new infections in 24 hours till Tuesday morning.

The new figures took the country’s total death toll to 29,145 while the caseload to 19,69, 361, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The daily-case positivity rate slightly increased to 15.47 per cent from Monday’s 15.20 per cent as 13,489 samples were tested during the period, said the DGHS.

The mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.48 per cent. The recovery rate declined to 96.84 per cent from Monday’s 96.93 per cent as 200 patients recovered during this period.

In May, the country reported only four Covid-linked deaths and 816 new cases, while 7,356 patients recovered from the disease, according to the DGHS. Among the four deaths during the period, one was vaccinated with a single dose of Covid vaccine while three were vaccinated with two doses.

The country reported its first zero Covid death in a single day on November 20 last year, along with 178 cases, since the pandemic broke out here in March 2020.

On January 28, Bangladesh logged its previous highest positivity rate of 33.37 per cent.

The country registered its highest daily caseload of 16,230 on July 28 last year and daily fatalities of 264 on August 10 in the same year.

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