Daily Covid positivity rate continues to surge

We cannot afford to be negligent any further

Published : 18 Jun 2022 07:55 PM

The fourth wave of Covid-19 pandemic has begun in the country, according to public health experts and virologists as the daily positivity rate crosses 6 per cent. Experts stressed that everyone must wear masks and maintain social distance to contain further spread of the deadly virus.

As reported by this daily on Saturday Bangladesh has experienced a rapid rise in Covid-19 cases again in the 24 hours till 8am Friday. Although the country reported zero Covid-19 death in the past 24 hours, it recorded 433 coronavirus positive cases during the period, said a press release issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Reportedly, the positivity rate surged to 6.27 percent on the day after 6905 samples were tested across the country, which was the highest in the last three and half months. Earlier, on February 23 the positivity rate was reported at 6.77 percent.

Hospitals should remain prepared with all necessary 

equipment and facilities so that they can face any 

challenge if the situation worsens in the coming days 

Considering the increasing trend of Covid-19 cases, the government should devise necessary preventive measures based on the experiences garnered from the previous waves so that it can act fast to control the possible next wave and ensure proper healthcare services for the infected people. The challenge for the government now is to ensure the peak is not so much that it overburdens our healthcare system.

The government must take drastic steps to compel people to maintain social distancing and follow health guidelines. Hospitals should remain prepared with all necessary equipment and facilities so that they can face any challenge if the situation worsens in the coming days. Also, this time the government should remain stern about screening people coming from abroad and send them to quarantine mandatorily. 

We must educate and empower people to protect themselves from the infection of the virus. It needs no mentioning that self-defence is the best way to prevent a pandemic like corona. 

Also, we have to involve people with plans and programmes to control the virus. Without people’s involvement and cooperation, it would be tough to control the possible Covid-19 fifth wave successfully.

We must abide by government orders issued to tame the spread of coronavirus. 

There are perturbing signs that most of us have developed a lax attitude to keeping social distancing. This approach must be changed in no time. We must take more precautions because even developed nations have not been able to stop the spread of the disease despite having the best of resources and technology.