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Not a serious threat anymore

Published : 17 Mar 2022 09:49 PM | Updated : 17 Mar 2022 09:57 PM

For the third consecutive day, the country reported no deaths from Covid-19. Experts believe that the virus may not be as deadly as it was thought to be earlier.

According to experts, the country has reached a systematic result due to the efforts of all in tackling the deadly virus. Many factors played a significant role in reaching the current state where no one has died from the virus for three days straight in the country since almost two years.

Dr Be-Nazir Ahmed, former director of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) told Bangladesh Post that the deaths are almost nil or of a negligible number due to the rate of infection.

“It is good to see the infection rate itself remain so low for a long time now. Furthermore, the variant right now that is more commonly affecting the people, the Omicron variant, poses less threat and is well tackled by our immunity,” he said.

Talking about immunity, this is another factor that has been working in our favour. Most people have developed antibody against the virus. Unless a very strong variant infects them, they may not even need to be hospitalised, he added.

While talking to this correspondent, Professor Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Director General (Health) of DGHS told Bangladesh Post that the successful vaccination campaigns have paved way towards such a result.

“A large number of people including children are now under the vaccination wing. The target is to vaccinate many more but this success has resulted into weakening the impact of the virus and hence no death has been reported for three days now,” he said.

Other health official informed Bangladesh Post that Covid-19 patients have started to reduce significantly in hospitals as many are not physically harmed enough by the virus and are testing negative themselves after a few days remaining quarantined at home.

Recently, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said that over 22cr vaccine doses have already been given to the target population.

“If we can give another three crore doses, our total number of vaccinations will cross 25 crore. That means 75% of the country's population and about 95-100% of the targeted population will be vaccinated," said the minister.

The total number of deaths from Covid-19 remained stationary at 29,112 till 8am on Thursday.

A total of 233 people were newly infected during the time and the total number of people infected rose to 1,950,357, according to a press release issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Thursday.

The current positivity dropped to 1.69 percent and the overall positivity rate stands at 14.24 percent.

Earlier on Wednesday, 182 people were newly infected by the virus.

In addition, the death rate now stands at 1.49 percent in the country, added the release.

A total of 13,791 samples were tested across the country till 8am Thursday.

Some 1,561 Covid-19 patients have recovered during this period. A total of 1,867,161 people have recovered from the virus so far and the recovery rate stands at 95.73 percent.

As of Thursday, 6,082,666 people died of Covid-19 across the world and 464,639,873 have been infected so far, according to Worldometer.