COVID-19: Bangladesh Sees 1,531 Cases, 14 Deaths

Amid speculations for the possible 2nd wave of COVID-19 infections in the coming winter, Bangladesh recorded 1,531 new cases and 14 deaths in 24 hours until Saturday.

Fatalities in the country reached 6,173 and with the death rate stood at 1.43 percent.

Total confirmed cases rose to 430,496 as of Saturday, the Directorate General of Health Services said.

Besides, 11,795 new samples were tested in the past 24 hours. The daily infection rate stood at 12.98 percent and the overall rate at 17.03 percent.

However, 1,462 people recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. So far, 348,849 patients – 80.80 percent – have overcome it.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on September 21 directed the administration to take preparations in advance to face the field-level situation if the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic hits the country in winter alongside surge in cold-related diseases.

Expressing concern over the reluctance about face-mask use, she also directed all concerned to take measures for ensuring the use of masks in a larger way to protect people from Covid-19 infections.

The Prime Minister made the directives while presiding over the Cabinet meeting held virtually.

The directives came as the Covid-19 is resurfaced in many countries, particularly the cold countries and local experts also suggested that there should be preparations to fight the Covid in the coming winter.

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