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Heart problem more common after COVID-19 than after vaccination, study finds

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is associated with an increased risk of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, a large new study from Israel confirms. But the side effect remains rare, and COVID-19 is more likely to cause myocarditis than the vaccine is, scientists reported on Wednesday.

The research, which is based on the electronic health records of about 2 million people who are 16 or older, provides a comprehensive look at the real-world incidence of various adverse events after both vaccination and infection with the coronavirus.

Although the study did not break down the myocarditis risks by age or by sex, the median age of people who developed the condition after vaccination was 25, and 19 of the 21 cases were in males, the researchers reported.

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Govt to enforce stay at home

Staff Correspondent,29 June, 2021:

The government plans to go all out to make sure that people stay at home during the “strict lockdown” to be enforced from Thursday to stem the surge in Covid deaths and infections.

It is going to deploy army personnel across the country with the task of enforcing the restrictions and keeping people off the streets.
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“Members of the army, police, Border Guard Bangladesh and the Armed Police Battalion will be on patrol. They have been given the authority to take appropriate action so that people don’t step out of their homes…,” Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said yesterday.

He was briefing the media after a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Asked what kind of action army personnel will take to enforce the lockdown, he said, “They will carry out patrol. If anyone defies the lockdown, they [army personnel] can take legal action.”

He did not give any direct answer to a question whether the army personnel would be given magistracy power.

Talking to The Daily Star, former cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumder said there are different types of legal actions that can be taken.

“Charging baton for unlawful gatherings is one kind of legal action… There are also mobile courts to take legal actions,” he observed.

At yesterday’s briefing, the cabinet secretary did not make it clear whether garment factories will stay open or rickshaws will be allowed to ply the roads.

He said they will meet with the home minister to discuss the lockdown in detail and the government decisions will be made public through a notification today.a

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Highest number of Covid-19 cases recorded in a day; 104 dead, 8,364 infected

Desk Report,28 June 2021:

One hundred and four people have died from Covid-19 in 24 hours till 8am today, said a press release issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With this the total number of deaths in the country has reached 14,276 and the death rate stands at 1.59 percent.
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At least 8,364 new infections were recorded during the period, taking the total number of people infected to 8,96,770, added the release. This is the highest number of cases recorded in a day in Bangladesh.

The current positivity rate is 23.86 percent while the total positivity rate stands at 13.71 percent.

A total of 35,059 samples were tested across the country in 24 hours.

At least 3,570 Covid-19 patients have recovered during the period.

The total number of recoveries now stands at 8,07,673 and the recovery rate at 90.06 percent.

Among the 104 deceased, 68 were men and 36 were women. Of them, five were within 21-30 years old, four between 31-40, 14 between 41-50, 23 between 51-60 and 58 were above 60 years old, added the release.

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Bangladesh logs 58 virus deaths, 5,683 cases in a day

News Desk /03 Apr 2021
Bangladesh has logged 5,683 new cases of the coronavirus in a day, taking the tally to 630,277.

The death toll climbed to 9,213 after 58 fatalities were registered in the 24 hours to 8 am Saturday, according to data released by the government.

Another 2,364 people recovered from COVID-19 through treatment at home and in-hospital care in the same period, bringing the tally of recoveries to 549,775.

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India’s Maharashtra considers total lockdown as virus cases jump

Bd nesk desk,29 march 2021:
India’s richest state, Maharashtra, is considering imposing a strict lockdown this week after recording the highest one-day jump in coronavirus infections of any Indian state since last March, officials said on Sunday.

Maharashtra tightened travel restrictions and imposed night curfews as it reported 40,414 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, almost two-thirds of the national total, many of them in the densely-populated financial capital Mumbai.

“In (Sunday’s) meeting of the (COVID-19) task force, it was suggested that very strict restrictions like lockdown should be imposed immediately,” the office of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in a statement.

A senior official in the state government said the lockdown could take effect “in the coming days” as officials had been asked to prepare to implement it in a phased manner.

India recorded 62,714 new cases in the space of 24 hours on Sunday, the Health Ministry said – the biggest jump since October – as well as 312 deaths.

“We are seeing a higher COVID positive rate in high-rise residential buildings than in slums … to stop the spread, only essential services will be allowed (at night),” said Mumbai Mayor Kishor Pednekar. Hotels, pubs and shopping malls must observe the curfew.

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Covid-19: 25 die, 1,318 infected, 2,024 recover in 24 hours

Online Report,18 Dec:
Twenty-five people have died in the country from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to a press release issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The total number of deaths has now reached 7,217 and the death rate stands at 1.45 percent.

At least 1,318 new infections were recorded in the meantime, taking the total number of people infected to 4,98,293, the release added.

The current positivity rate is 9.19 percent, while the total positivity rate stands at 16.34 percent

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Covid Vaccine: First shipment arriving in Jan

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The country will receive the first consignment of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine in January, Health Minister Zahid Maleque yesterday said.

Fifty lakh shots of the three crore doses of the vaccine could reach the country on any day of January, he said while addressing a procurement contract-signing ceremony of the vaccine at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in Dhaka.

The remaining doses will come in phases with 50 lakh each month.

Prof ABM Khurshid Alam, director general of the DGHS, signed the agreement on behalf of the government and Nazmul Hasan Papon, managing director of Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, on behalf of the mediator company.

The contract paper will be sent to the Serum Institute of India (SII) for producer’s authorisation.

Among others, Prof Nasima Sultana, additional director general (administration) of the DGHS, was also present there.

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Covid-19: 20 die, 2,273 infected

Online Report,November 27, 2020:
Twenty people have died from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to a press release issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The total number of deaths has now reached 6,544 and the death rate stands at 1.43 percent.

At least 2,273 new infections were recorded in the meantime, taking the total number of people infected to 4,58,711, added the release.

The current positivity rate is 13.88 percent, while the total positivity rate stands at 16.81 percent.

A total of 16,378 samples were tested across the country in the last 24 hours.

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Coronavirus vaccine will be available for all in Bangladesh

Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said the the coronavirus vaccine will be made available to everyone in Bangladesh once the government gets the shots.
“The prime minister has ordered vaccination for everyone and we are moving forward with the plan to provide it to whoever needs it, whenever,” he said while inaugurating the surgery division and an operation theatre of Dhaka’s Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital on Thursday.

“The government has made the arrangements to follow her instructions,” Maleque said.

Bangladesh has inked a contract to receive 30 million doses of the vaccine, developed by the Oxford University in collaboration with AstraZeneca, from the Serum Institute of India.

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization or GAVI also assured Bangladesh of giving 680,000 doses for 20 percent of the population. The government is hoping to get its hand on these vaccines by January-February 2021.

The World Health Organization and GAVI are preparing for several months to distribute the vaccines to people in all corners of the world once the candidates are proved effective and safe.

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COVID-19 is a stark reminder that no one is safe until everyone is safe: Hasina

Bd news,11 Nov 2020:
A sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects will never be possible without multilateral efforts at the global level, Sheikh Hasina has said.

The prime minister highlighted the threats posed by a ‘recent trend of protectionism and xenophobia in some countries’ in ending the pandemic at a virtual event organised by Spain on Tuesday.

Pedro Sánchez, prime minister of Spain, and Stefan Löfven, prime minister of Sweden, also joined the event titled “Call for Action to reinforce multilateralism”.

Bangladesh’s GDP registered a 5.24 percent growth in 2019-20 fiscal year despite the pandemic thanks to the allocation of $14.14 billion, or 4.3 percent of the GDP, by the government to protect livelihoods, Hasina said.

“However, unless a multilateral effort is undertaken at the global level, global recovery will not commence and will never be sustainable.

“The recent trend of protectionism and xenophobia in some countries may bring further sufferings for the innocent people and adversely impact the peaceful multilateral environment,” she said.

She urged the global leaders to guard against “this type of activities which are detrimental to international peace, security and global development”.

“In today’s globalised world, constructive multilateralism is not an option; it is the only way-out for a rules-based international order and common progress of humankind,” Hasina said.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that no one is safe until everyone is safe,” she said.

In order to reduce inequality, eradicate poverty and protect our planet by reducing carbon emissions, all the countries need to work together and reinforce multilateral efforts, the prime minister said.

Hasina said that multilateralism is at the core to face today’s unique challenges caused by COVID-19. “The significance of multilateral cooperation is now more evident than ever due to the current global pandemic,” she said.

She said world leaders laid emphasis on shared responsibility and collective efforts for unified prosperity in the Political Declaration adopted on Sept 21 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN. The adaptation of the declaration also aims to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement

“However, to achieve the benefits out of these international instruments and understanding, strong multilateralism is required,” Hasina said.

She noted that the spirit of multilateralism and international cooperation is enshrined in Bangladesh’s constitution, which states: “We may prosper in freedom and may make our full contribution towards international peace and cooperation in keeping with the progressive aspirations of mankind.”

Bangladesh is a flag bearer of multilateralism and strongly pursues international peace and security by its high presence in the UN Peacekeeping and peacebuilding process. We have adopted the ‘whole of the society’ approach in realising the SDGs, she said.

“We are equally committed to implementing the Paris Agreement. As such, Bangladesh has been honoured to be chosen to lead the 48-member Climate Vulnerable Forum for the second time. We have also qualified to be graduated from LDC status in which the UN system played a crucial role.

“It reflects our commitment and trust in multilateralism,” the prime minister said

“COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that global prosperity is embedded in collective actions, unity and international cooperation. History proves that any deviation from this united approach will only bring disastrous effects for the humankind,” she added.

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Bangladesh reports 64 new virus deaths, a daily record; caseload crosses 145,000

Desk,30 June:
Bangladesh has registered 64 new deaths from the novel coronavirus infection, the highest in a single day, raising the body count to 1,847.

The caseload surged to 145,483 on the back of 3,682 positive tests for COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8am Tuesday, according to the health directorate.

Another 1,844 infected patients recovered at home and in hospital in the same period, taking the tally to 59,624, DGHS Additional Director General Nasima Sultana said in a media briefing. The recovery rate from the disease currently stands at 40.98 percent, while the mortality rate is 1.27 percent.

The latest fatalities include 52 men and 12 women. In terms of their ages, seven were between 31 and 40, six between 41 and 50, 21 between 51 and 60, 16 between 61 and 70, 11 between 71 and 80, while three were over 81 years.

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Average life expectancy in Bangladesh rises to 72.6 years: survey

The average life expectancy at birth in Bangladesh climbed to 72.6 years in 2019 from 72.3 in 2018, according to the national statistical agency.

The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics published a report on the country’s vital statistics on Tuesday.

The average life span of men rose to 71.1 years, up from 70.6 in 2018. Women’s life expectancy also rose by seven months to 74.2 years, noted AKM Ashraful Haque, project director of the study.

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Bangladesh loses four doctors to COVID-19 in a day

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Bangladesh to recruit another 2,000 doctors, 3,000 health workers to fight coronavirus

desk:29 may
The government is hiring another 2,000 doctors and 3,000 medical technologists, technicians and radiographers to tackle an aggressive coronavirus outbreak in Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the recruitment and the process of appointing medical technologists, technicians and radiographers has begun, Habibur Rahman, the director of management information system at the health directorate, told bdnews24.com on Thursday.

The recruitment will take May appointment counts for doctors and other health workers to a record 10,000.

Earlier, in the first week of May, the government recruited 2,000 doctors and 5,000 nurses to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have started working at COVID-19 hospitals across the country as the recruiting process ended a week ago, Habibur said.

Dhaka Civil Surgeon’s office is providing them with training about the treatment of COVID-19 patients and hygiene protocols to keep them safe.

“The directorate is recruiting a record number of 10,000 doctors, nurses and health officials in a single month something the Directorate General of Health Services never experienced before,” Habibur said.

As many as 1,200 technologists, 1,650 technicians and 150 radiographers will be recruited to treat COVID-19 patients and they will be deployed in hospitals and medical laboratories once the situation becomes normal, he added.

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