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Bangladesh logs highest weekly Covid-19 deaths, cases

  • Published at 02:39 pm May 30th, 2020
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55% of all infected people are between 21 and 40 years of age

With 28 more deaths reported on Saturday, Bangladesh saw another highest single-day toll since confirming the first death from Covid-19 on March 18.

On May 24, Bangladesh registered the same number of coronavirus deaths —28—the highest in any given day till then. 

The latest fatalities pushed up the total body count to 610.

In the past 24 hours till 8am on Saturday, yet another 1,763 people were newly diagnosed with the deadly virus, taking the total tally to 44,608 cases. 

Additional Director General (Administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Prof Nasima Sultana, revealed the latest figures from Dhaka on Saturday afternoon, in a daily online bulletin on Covid-19 in Bangladesh.

As the country, on Saturday, completed 12 weeks after confirming its first three coronavirus cases on March 8, Bangladesh has now logged its highest weekly count of deaths and infection cases.

In the last week starting from May 24, as many as 158 deaths were recorded, surpassing 138 fatalities recorded in the 11th week. 

The highest single-day body count of 28 being reported twice last week, contributed greatly to the grim picture. 

A staggering 12,521 cases were recorded last week, crossing 2,000 cases a day for the first time on Thursday, with the daily curve surging to 2,523 the next day, on Friday, making it the highest daily record of cases yet. 

This translates into a whopping 1,788 tests every day over the period, overtaking 1,538 cases a day in the 11th week, between May 17 and 23, when there were as many as 11,083 cases. 

In the 11th week, 138 people died, which is almost 20 deaths every day over the period. 

In the first seven weeks of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, till April 25, a total of 4,998 cases were confirmed. 

However, a leap in the case tally caused some 3,972 fresh infections to be confirmed in the eighth week (April 26-May 2), and 4,980 in the ninth (May 2-May 9). In the 10th week starting from May 10, a mammoth 7,225 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed.

The country on May 16 completed its 10th week into the outbreak. In the eighth week, the government confirmed 35 fatalities, and the weekly death toll almost tripled to 100 in the 10th week. 

Fresh deaths, infections, tests

Of the 28 reported Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, May 29 — 25 men and three women — 18 died in Dhaka division, including 10 in the capital alone, seven in Chittagong division, two in Rangpur division, and one in Sylhet division, the DGHS official said, adding that 26 of them died in hospitals and the rest at home.  

“Four were between 31 and 40 years of age, four between 41 and 50, nine between 51 and 60, six between 61 and 70, three between 71 and 80, and two more were between 81 and 90 years of age,” Dr Nasima said.

As many as 9,987 samples were tested in 50 labs across the country to confirm the new infections, as one more private hospital began testing in Dhaka.

In all, 297,054 tests have been conducted so far, she said. 

Across the country, 360 more patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, amounting to 9,375 so far.

Males, 21-40 age group most vulnerable

According to statistics collected and presented by the IEDCR and a2i, 71% of all known infected people in the country are male and 29 % are female.   

“This is based on coronavirus reports from March 8 to May 29,” Dr Nasima said. 

She shared detailed information about the infected and dead based on statistics which revealed that 55% of all infected people are between 21 and 40 years of age. 

“Some 3% of total infected are aged below 10 years; 7% are aged between 11 and 20; 28% between 21 and 30; 27% between 31 and 40; 17% between 41 and 50; 11% between 51 and 60 while those who are above 60 account for 7% of total infected population,” she said. 

60 plus people account for most deaths

Similar statistics of the deceased show that 42% of them were aged above 60. 

Of the deceased recorded till May 29, only 2% were below the age of 10; just 3% were aged between 21 and 30; 7% between 31 and 40; 9% between 41 and 50, 27% percent between 51 and 60, and the highest, 42% were above the age of 60. 

According to the infection tally, males to a large extent are more prone to coronavirus fatalities. 75% of the deceased are men.

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