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Maleque: Lockdown not in plan right now

'Covid situation is still better in Bangladesh despite the surge in cases worldwide driven by the new variant Omicron'
Update : 01 Jan 2022, 07:59 PM

Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Saturday said the government does not want to impose any fresh lockdown right now but it might think about it if there is an unusual surge in the Covid-19 infection rate.

“We don’t want any lockdown. But we’ve to maintain health protocols. The government will take tough measures to force people to maintain the protocols,” said the minister while talking to local journalists after attending a booster dose launching event at Manikganj Nursing College.

The Covid situation is still better in Bangladesh despite the surge in cases worldwide driven by the new variant Omicron, he added.

Maleque also said: “Oral Covid pills have reached the country’s markets already. But these pills are not an alternative to vaccines. Those who have got infected with it have mild symptoms.”

The minister mentioned that the vaccination drive against Covid has already started at the ward level and it will be possible to administer at least four crore doses of Covid vaccines in January.

“There’s no vaccine crisis in the country. Six more crores of syringes have been imported from China to carry out the vaccination drive.”

Dr Samiul Haq, director (Admin) of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Deputy Commissioner Md Abdul Latif, among others, were present.

Bangladesh logged four more Covid-linked deaths with 370 fresh infections in 24 hours till Saturday morning.

With the detection of the fresh cases after testing 15,074 samples, the daily-case positivity rate slightly declined to 2.43% from Friday’s 2.74% during the period, said the DGHS.

The fresh numbers reported on Saturday took the country’s total fatalities to 28,076 while the caseload mounted to 15,85,909.

Meanwhile, the mortality rate remained static at 1.77% during the period.

Besides, the recovery rate declined to 97.69% with the recovery of 203 more patients during the 24-hour period.

Bangladesh reported daily Covid cases above 500 after two months. On October 13, the country logged 518 new Covid cases with 17 deaths.

Meanwhile, three more Covid cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in Bangladesh, raising the total tally to seven, according to GISAID, a global initiative on sharing all influenza data.

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