COVID-19 positive cases increasing in country: Maleque

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Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Monday said COVID-19 positive cases are increasing in the past few days in the country.

“Since early March, infection rate of coronavirus has been decreasing sharply…. now the country is witnessing rising trend of the deadly virus,” he told a meeting on MBBS admission at his ministry here, an official release said.

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman, Secretary of Health Education Division Md Saiful Hasan Badal, Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Professor Dr. Md. Sharfuddin Ahmed and President of Bangladesh Private Medical College Association Mubin Khan, among others, were present at the meeting.

The health minister said Bangladesh has become a role model for controlling coronavirus as the country successfully handled three waves of the deadly virus.

“When almost the entire world was struggling to combat the lethal virus… we have taken multiple measures under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to protect lives of the people from the disease,” he added.

The health minister said Bangladesh secured fifth position in the world for its success in combating the highly contagious virus while the country attained top position among the South Asian countries.

Maleque said, “Bangladesh has so far inoculated nearly 26 crore doses of vaccines.”

He attributed the controlling of third wave of COVID-19 that hit Bangladesh mid-January this year, to expansion of vaccination coverage including booster dose.

Bangladesh today (June 13) reported zero Covid-19 death in the past 24 hours while it recorded 128 coronavirus positive cases during the period.

“Bangladesh reported 1.91 percent Covid-19 positive cases as 6,688 samples were tested in the last 24 hours,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) sources said.