Bangladesh has reported over 8,000 Covid-19 cases in only six days in the month of June, which will only rise throughout the month, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
"In just six days in June, we have identified more than 8,000 people affected by Covid-19. This month is not going to be as comfortable as last month for us," said DGHS Spokesperson Dr Robed Amin in a virtual bulletin on Sunday.
He noted that although the country had tackled the crisis and the aftermath of the rise in infections in April-May, this time it would not be so easy.
"Our positivity rate has increased in the last one week. Looking back at last month, we can see that we are not at the stage where we can say we are stable. Our transmission rate has become unstable," he added.
Robed Amain said a special medical team from Dhaka is monitoring the Covid-19 situation in Chapainawabganj.
"The number of beds in all border area hospitals, including Chapainawabganj, has been increased. Chapainawabganj Sadar Hospital has been instructed not to admit any patient, except for those who need emergency care," he said.
He added that if necessary, the sadar hospital would be turned into a Covid-19-dedicated hospital.
Robed also said the hospital authorities must take steps to ensure an uninterrupted oxygen supply for patients.
"We have to think about an uninterrupted (low-flow) oxygen supply system before the high flow nasal cannula because it is a lifesaver. Many of those who are in critical condition are recovering through a low-flow oxygen supply," he said.