Bangladesh has once again recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll as well as the highest number of single-day cases, amid a deadly second wave leaving hospitals across the country overwhelmed.
The health authorities reported 247 deaths and 15,192 new infections in the 24 hours to 8am on Monday. The latest figures took overall fatalities to 19,521 while the caseload surged to 1,179,827.
As many as 50,952 samples were tested across the country during the same time, yielding a 29.82% infection rate.
The uptrend of infection and deaths have been continuing for the last few months but the country has never seen such a single day surge before.
To tackle the situation, the government had imposed a strict lockdown from July 1 to July 14. However, it was relaxed during Eid-ul-Azha for nine days, ignoring health experts’ advice. The fresh spell of a strict lockdown was put in place from July 23.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Sunday said that 75% of Covid patients admitted to different hospitals in Dhaka recently were holidaymakers who had returned from their village homes after Eid.
If the infection continues to increase like this, there will be no place left in the hospitals, he said.