Dhaka to receive 10 lakh Sinopharm vaccine doses shortly

Bangladesh will receive 10 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine on Friday evening from the Chinese government as a gift.

A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight is on the way to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport from Tianjin International Airport in China.

Earlier, Bangladesh received 11 lakh doses of Sinopharm as a gift from China.

These 10 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine are coming as a gift from China for Bangladeshi brothers and sisters, said Hualong Yan, Deputy Chief of Mission at Chinese Embassy in Dhaka on Friday.

Bangladesh also received over 34 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine under the COVAX facility.

Bangladesh is also receiving Sinopharm vaccine doses under a commercial purchase agreement.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh reports 197 new deaths as it fails to take hold on Covid

Bangladesh added 197 fatalities to its national tally on Friday as horrific Covid hospitalisations and deaths continue to soar.

The country is averaging 200-plus single-day fatalities for the last three weeks. After weathering the first wave of the virus, Bangladesh is now yet to see any tangible signs that it is turning the corner.

However, the country is now reporting 10,602 new cases on average each day – 73% of the peak.

Bangladesh recorded 8,465 new cases Friday after testing 40,641 samples, down from 12,606 logged a week earlier on August 6.

The country reported the highest daily Covid-19 fatality number – 264 – on August 5 and 10, and 16,230 infections on July 28.

Bangladesh has been experiencing a surge of Covid-related caseloads and deaths since June 2021.

Between May and June this year, there was a 273% rise in monthly caseloads and 162% in fatalities. In July there was a 150% increase in caseloads and a 170% rise in deaths compared to the previous month, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

There have been 14,05,333 infections and 23,810 coronavirus-related deaths here since the pandemic began, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

In the past 24 hours, the percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive stood at 20.83%, down from August 6’s 26.25%, while the WHO recommends a 5% or below rate.

However, the recovery rate rose to 90.62%, and the case fatality increased to 1.69% compared to the same period.

As more people are falling sick with Covid-19 and dying and many mourning a family member lost to the virus, Dhaka division reported the highest 78 deaths, Chattogram 53, Khulna 18, Mymensingh 12, Barishal 11, Rangpur nine, and eight each in Rajshahi and Sylhet.

Meanwhile, since the beginning of the vaccination programme, the government has administered at least 20,535,980 doses of Covid vaccines – enough to have vaccinated around 6.1% of the country’s population, assuming every person needs two doses.

Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalisations, and death; and with the Delta variant; this is more urgent than ever, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Covid claims 14 more lives in Barishal

Barishal division has logged 14 new Covid deaths in the past 24 hours, health officials said on Friday morning.

Of the deceased, nine had tested positive for Covid-19 while the remaining five showed symptoms of the virus infection.

Six of them died at Sher-E-Bangla Medical College and Hospital (SBMCH), while the others in different hospitals, the officials said.

Divisional Health Director Dr Basudev Kumar Das said that 585 patients have died of Covid-19 in the division so far.

Besides, 473 people have tested positive for Covid in Barishal division in the past 24 hours and of them, 221 are from Barishal district alone. So far, 16,670 people have been infected in the district.

Some 40,592 active Covid patients have been identified in the division to date, according to the officials.

Currently, 194 Covid patients are undergoing treatment at the 300-bed Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital.

Meanwhile, 19 new Covid patients have been admitted to the hospital’s Covid unit in the past 24 hours, the officials said.

So far, 158 people have died of Covid-19 and 888 with symptoms at the hospital.

On the other hand, 23,282 people have recovered from Covid in the division to date.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Undertrial female prisoner dies in Chandpur

A 41-year-old undertrial inmate in the Chandpur district jail has died after she complained of having breathing difficulty, police said on Friday.

Umme Hasina, who had also been down with fever for the past few days, was rushed to District Sadar Hospital after her condition worsened on Thursday noon. Both fever and breathing problems are symptoms of Covid.

Resident doctor of the hospital Sujauddula Rubel said the female inmate was brought to the hospital around 1.30 pm in a critical condition. “She breathed her last in the emergency department during treatment.”

Hasina had been lodged in the district jail for the past 14 months after being arrested in connection with two cases filed against her, police said.

Officer-in-Charge of Sadar model police station said that a case of unnatural death has been filed and the inmate’s body was handed over to her family members.

According to the district jailor’s office, some 741 inmates — convicts and undertrials — are currently lodged in the Chandpur district jail. Of them, 26 are women inmates.

Despite an alarming surge of Covid-19 cases in the district in recent months, the inmates of the jail hardly underwent any health check-ups, said sources.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Sylhet sees 8 more Covid deaths

Sylhet division lost eight more lives to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours until early Friday.

Of the deceased, six were from Sylhet district and one each from Habiganj and Moulvibazar, according to the health bulletin of Sylhet division.

Sylhet recorded 531 new cases Friday after testing 16,680 samples, and the percentage of Covid-19 tests coming back positive stood at 31.61%.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

A million more Sinopharm doses land in Bangladesh

Bangladesh on Friday received ten lakh (1 million) doses of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine from China as a gift.

This new batch of China-aided vaccine doses arrived just after former batches of 11 lakh gifted Chinese Sinopharm vaccine doses received on May 12 and June 13.

A chartered flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the consignment arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 6pm.

Besides, another Biman flight is scheduled to leave for China on 14 August to bring more doses of the vaccine.

Tahera Khandaker, deputy general manager (Public Relations) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, confirmed the information.

Earlier, 17 lakh more doses of Sinopharm reached here as part of the Covax facility.

On the other hand, the government on Wednesday approved a proposal to purchase six crores more doses of the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine from China.

Besides, the government previously paid China for 1.5 crore doses of the vaccine, of which 70 lakh doses have already arrived in the country.

In fighting against the virus, China and Bangladesh have always been standing together, supporting and assisting each other in times of difficulties and challenges, vividly illustrating the profound friendship between the two countries, said the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka.

The pandemic is yet another reminder that the humanity rise and fall together with a shared future, it said.

Confronted by a pandemic like COVID-19, the vision of building a global community of health for all, tide over this trying time through solidarity and cooperation must be championed and any attempt to politicize, label or stigmatize the virus be firmly rejected, said the Embassy.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s economic progress continues despite pandemic: Minister

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun on Friday said Bangladesh has been able to continue its journey towards becoming a developed country offsetting the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“When the corona pandemic is casting devastating impacts on the global economy, the progress of Bangladesh continues paving the path for entering the group of developed countries under the bold leadership of Sheikh Hasina,” he said.

The minister was addressing a food distribution programme at Monohardi Upazila auditorium in Narsingdi on the occasion of the National Mourning Day 2021, said a handout.

“Though the development journey is hindered to some extent due to the corona pandemic, Bangladesh is now making a turnaround,” he said.

Nurul Majid urged Awami League leaders and activists to stand by people in this pandemic time as Awami League stood always beside people in every crisis and disaster.

He said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his daughter Sheikh Hasina did politics always for the welfare of the masses.

The minister called upon all to wear masks and follow other health protocols in line with the government’s directives.

He asked the leaders and workers of AL grassroots units to come forward to make the government’s drive for mass vaccination a success and check the coronavirus transmission.

The food items were distributed among some 400 poor at the function arranged by the upazila administration.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Ghaibandha doc rapes patient at clinic, held

A doctor has been arrested for allegedly raping a patient at his clinic in Kalua Bazar village of Ghaibandha’s Gobindaganj upazila.

The arrestee has been identified as Shaharul Islam, a resident of the village.

According to local residents, the woman suffering from an ailment visited Dr Shaharul’s clinic on Thursday evening. As no one else was there at the clinic then, the doctor forced himself on the woman.

Locals detained the doctor and informed police after the woman came out of the clinic and raised an alarm.

On information, a team from the local police station arrested Shaharul.

Tajul Islam, Officer-in-Charge (investigation) of Gobindaganj Police Station, said a rape case has been filed against the doctor.

Bangladesh’s rape epidemic

Sexual assaults on women continue unabated in Bangladesh, despite the government introducing death penalty for rapes last year.

A police headquarters report, released recently, said that 26,695 rape cases were filed across the country in the past five years.

Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) data shows that 1,018 children were raped last year alone, but only 683 police cases had been filed. Also, 116 survivors were six years old or below.

Overall, 1,627 rape cases were reported last year and 53 of the women were killed by the perpetrators while 14 took their own lives, as per the data.

However, ASK’s data is just the tip of the iceberg, according to aid agencies, who report that most women are too afraid to report rape.

In October 2020, the country was rocked by protests after a woman was allegedly attacked and raped in Noakhali.

In November last year, Bangladesh introduced capital punishment for rape, following days of protests against sexual violence against women in several cities across the country.

But human rights organisations say the move will not solve the country’s rape crisis, as the survivors of the heinous crime are often stigmatised in the society.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Cumilla councillor gives Covid shots, sparks row

A controversy has erupted after photos of a ward councillor in

Cumilla city administering Covid jabs have gone viral on social media.

Nadia Nasrin, the councillor representing wards 4, 5 & 6, has been accused of giving Moderna vaccine doses to 125 people on Thursday, without any authorisation from the health authorities.

Sources told UNB the health authorities, on August 9, suspended the vaccination drive at Harun Government Primary School in ward number 6 owing to some issues.

That very day, mayor Monirul Haque Sakku told the media that the remaining 125 Covid vaccine doses were kept in his custody. Three days later, the viral photos triggered the “illegal vaccine drive” controversy.

When contacted, Cumilla district civil surgeon Mir Mobarok Hossain said that a councillor can’t administer vaccine doses to people. “The city corporation authorities will need to respond to the allegations.”

However, Nadia claimed that she’s a certified vaccine pusher.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Delta concerns: Philippines extends travel ban for Bangladesh, 9 other countries

The Philippines has extended a ban on travellers from Bangladesh and nine other countries to August 31 because of concerns posed by the highly contagious Delta variant of the Covid-19, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday.

Aside from India where the Delta variant was first detected, the Philippines also banned travellers from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the UAE, where the variant has spread.

However, the country will allow returning overseas Filipino workers under its repatriation programme, but they will be isolated for 14 days upon their arrival.

The Philippines is grappling with soaring Covid-19 infections fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant, prompting the government to reimpose a hard lockdown in Metro Manila and other regions.

The Philippines now has more than 1.7 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and 29,539 deaths.

The travel ban, first issued on April 27, was later expanded to include Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the UAE.

On July 16, the country added Indonesia to the list, followed by Malaysia and Thailand on July 25. The ban was set to expire on Sunday, but the government extended it until August 31.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangladesh reports hospitalization of 211 more Dengue patients

As many as 211 new dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in 24 hours till Friday morning as dengue infection rate keeps rising in Bangladesh amid the worsening Covid-19 pandemic.

Among the new patients, 210 were admitted to government and private hospitals across capital Dhaka.

So far, 24 suspected dengue deaths were reported to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) but it is yet to confirm any death from dengue yet, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Some 952 patients diagnosed with dengue are receiving treatment in the country as of Friday morning, according to the DGHS.

Most of the cases have been reported in the capital so far, said the health authorities.

Of them, 884 patients are receiving treatment at different hospitals in the capital while the rest were listed outside Dhaka.

Bangladesh started seeing an uptrend in dengue cases from June. It started seeing over 200 Dengue cases every day since August 1.

Some 5,645 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue since January, and 4,669 of them have been released after they recovered from the disease.

Dengue fever was first reported in Bangladesh in 2000, claiming 93 lives that year. In the years that followed, the country learned to deal with the disease much better, but it did become endemic. Fatalities almost fell to zero at one stage, before spiking again in 2018, leading to the horrific crisis the following year.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Some areas in Dhaka to see disruption in gas supply Saturday

Gas supply will remain suspended in different areas of the national capital for 10 hours from 9 am to 7 pm on Saturday.

According to Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company, the areas include Boro Moghbazar, Taltala Gali, Jahabox Lane, Gabtala, Wahab Road, Nayatola, Chairman Gali, Modhubagh and their adjoining areas.

The consumers of the areas will either have no gas supply or experience low pressure in supply due to works on gas pipeline relocation, said Titas Gas.

Source: United News of Bangladesh