“Authorities in Bangladesh say the country has registered the highest number of Covid-19 causalities and positive cases in a single day. The government’s directorate General of Health services said that 230 people died and 11,874 were positive on Sunday.” About 100,000 people have been tested positive over the last week. “Bangladesh has been under a nationwide lockdown since July 1. But new records of positive cases are being reported everyday.” If this present trend continues, than hospitals would surely become overwhelmed and would struggle with treatment. With 10 times more cases in Bangladesh why would this be happening? Poverty in Bangladesh has been an alarming social issue for a significant amount of time. Shortly after its independence, approximately 90% of its population lived under the poverty line.
However, Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in poverty reduction, supported by economic growth. It has been one of the fastest growing economies over the past decade. Bangladesh reached a lower-middle income status in 2015 and is on a way to graduating from the UN’s least developed countries(LDC) in 2026. Poverty declined to from 44 percent in 1991 to 15 percent in 2016, based on the international poverty line of 1.90$ a day.
However, if this is the case, how did Bangladesh have a record for single-day infections? Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic impacted Bangladesh profoundly. GDP growth decelerated, and poverty increased. It may take many months for Bangladesh to recover financially.
But, with the vaccines available to most of the public, why aren’t Covid cases decreasing? In the total population of Bangladesh, 3.6% of the population have received at least one dose, and 2.6% have been fully vaccinated with the two doses. These low vaccination rates could be the cause of the abrupt change in cases in Bangladesh. With Bangladesh being in a lower-middle income status in 2021, and with the low vaccination rates, could actually be the cause of the single-day virus records. The aftermath of this will be devastating for Bangladesh. While this may be a challenge, people in Bangladesh are waiting until the day the global pandemic ends, because they are ready to rebuild their community.