It is a mixed bag, but what is clear is that we are a long way off from being out of the Covid-19 woods
Bangladesh will today complete 60 days since confirming its first three cases of Covid-19. But its total number of cases has already gone past the tally recorded in two of the worst-hit countries in their first 60 days.
Bangladesh’s tally of cases reached 10,929 cases on Tuesday, which marked the 59th day after the first detection of the infections on March 8.
The development came as its health authorities logged the highest single-day count (786) on Tuesday.
Over the same period, only one death and as many as 193 recoveries were registered, taking the tallies to 183 and 1,402 respectively.
But the figures still appear to be concerning when compared with those in badly-impacted countries.
With still a day to spare to 60 days, Bangladesh’s count of infections has already surpassed the tally of the UK and Russia. Even more worryingly, it is closing in on the US count.
In the first 60 days, the US reported 13,898 cases, while the UK and Russia reported 8,077 and 1,836 cases respectively, according to Worldometer.
Poor recovery rate
It appears that Bangladesh’s recovery rate on the 60th day will go nowhere near that reported by any of the top 10 affected countries, nine of which have at least 100,000 cases each.
Bangladesh registered merely a 24.56% recovery rate on Tuesday.
Among the top worst-hit countries, Italy had the lowest (55.75%) recovery rate on the 60th day, which is more than double the figure Bangladesh reported on Tuesday.
The death toll comparison
When considering the body count in the period spanning 60 days, Russia has the lowest figure --- only nine. The US and Germany have the second and third lowest death tolls of 239 and 267, respectively, over the same time period.
The figures in the table suggest that Bangladesh with 183 deaths in the first 59 days is well ahead of Russia and chasing the curves of the US and Germany.
It is to be noted that, aiming to avoid technical issues, the news report provided just two figures on Turkey, which is the ninth worst-hit country by far, since the latter is still four days shy of the 60-day mark.
Bangladesh reported its first Covid-19 fatality on March 18.
Faster than some in logging 11,000 cases
The curve of coronavirus cases in Bangladesh is on the verge of striking the grim 11,000 mark as the country is just 71 cases away from it as of Tuesday’s updates.
It will have taken the South Asian country just 60 days to pass this grim milestone — the same time period as the US. The UK took two more days to reach 11,000 cases, with Russia needing the highest (71) number of days to surpass the tally.
France went past the 11,000 milestone of coronavirus cases in 57 days, while Turkey did it in just 21 days, to become the fastest to reach the mark.
Mad race in logging every 1,000 cases
From March 8, when Bangladesh confirmed its first three patients, till March 31, there were just 51 cases.
Shockingly, the figure saw a whopping 150-fold surge in April.
In the first five days of May, there have been 3,262 cases, meaning that more than 650 people tested positive on average per day over the period.
After the official announcement of the first three cases, it took Bangladesh 38 days to exceed the first 1,000 cases. The number crossed the 2,000 limit just four days later, on April 18.
Since then, the next 1,000 cases are being registered every two or three days, with the last two coming in two consecutive cases, on May 3 and 4, showing how fast the curve is skyrocketing.