The daily Covid-19 infection rate in Bangladesh has been more than 6% for the last two days – Friday and Saturday.
The country recorded 1,014 new Covid-19 cases, with a 6.26% infection rate, in the last 24 hours, till Saturday at 8am.
On Friday, 1,066 people tested positive for the virus and the infection rate was 6.62% of total tests.
Although the infection rate was below 5% for about two months, new patient detection and infection rates have been rising since last week.
According to the World Health Organization, a situation is considered under control when the infection rate is below 5% for three consecutive weeks.
Dr Shoman Aniruddha, an anaesthesiologist at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Mugda General Hospital, told The Business Standard that since vaccinations started, people stopped wearing masks and following hygiene rules. So, the number of patients is increasing. Even 15 days ago, one or two beds in the ICU were empty but now many patients are waiting for ICU beds.
Bangladesh confirmed 12 more deaths from the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, said a press release issued by the Directorate General of Health Services on Saturday.
The number of novel coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 5,56,236 and the death toll stands at 8,527.
Among the latest day's victims, nine were men and three were women.
The country's maiden cases were reported on 8 March last year and the first death from the virus was reported on 18 March.