Record 2,545 test Covid-19 positive in the last 24 hours
Bangladesh has witnessed the highest single day of Covid-19 deaths with 40 more people dying of the deadly disease in the last 24 hours.
The grim record of deaths comes at a time when the country has reopened all offices, businesses, and transport on a limited scale with an end to the general holidays, extended in phases until May 30 to limit the spread of coronavirus.
With the latest figure, the number of total fatalities so far rose to 650.
Alongside the death record, the country also logged the highest single day of coronavirus cases with 2,545 people testing positive in the past 24 hours, pushing the total number of confirmed cases to 47,153.
Additional Director General (Administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Prof Nasima Sultana, revealed the latest figures from Dhaka on Sunday afternoon, in a daily Covid-19 online update bulletin.
She said: "As the lockdown is easing, we are on our way to leading a normal life. But we have to be very careful, obviously."
Of the deceased—33 men and seven women—28 were from Dhaka division, eight from Chittagong division, two from Khulna, and one each from Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions, she said.
Of the 40 who died in the 24-hour span, one was in the 20s, five in their 30s, 11 in their 40s, eight in their 50s, 11 in the 60s, and four were in their 70s.
The death toll accounts for 1.38% of the total number of infected people so far.
Earlier, Bangladesh registered the highest number of Covid-19 deaths (28) in a single day on May 24 and 30. Deaths from coronavirus infection crossed 600 on May 30.
The country crossed the 100 mark in deaths on April 20.
Dr Nasima, also DGHS acting director general (DG), said 12,229 samples were collected in the past 24 hours and 11,876 of those were tested in 52 labs across the country.
In all, 308,930 tests have been conducted so far, she said.
On May 29, the country recorded 2,523 Covid-19 cases—the highest in a 24-hour time frame since the first cases were reported back in March.
406 make recovery
In the briefing, the DGHS acting DG also said that 406 more Covid-19 patients recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours.
So far 9,781 people (20.74% of all infected) have made full recovery since being infected by the novel coronavirus.
Dr Nasima said wearing a mask is a must. In a circular issued on Saturday, she also warned of the potential legal action against violators of the directive under the Communicable Diseases (Prevention, Control and Eradication) Act 2018.
The Communicable Disease Control branch of DGHS has also started a telephone service called ‘CDC Care for All’. With the help of this service, the health authorities will check up on the condition of Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment at home on the 7th and 14th day of their positive result being reported, and make them aware about disinfecting their homes, said Nasima.
“Across the country, 391 more people were taken to isolation in the last 24 hours, while 126 were released. Currently, 5,794 people are in isolation and 3,016 have been released so far,” she added.
She continued: “There are 13,284 isolation beds, 399 intensive care units, and 112 dialysis units for treating Covid-19 patients.”
During the same period, another 2,947 people were home and institutionally quarantined, while 3,042 were released. At present, 60,181 people are quarantined across the country.
From the stock of 2,470,002 personal protective equipment, around 2,110,393 have been distributed so far.
On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first case of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by the new strain of coronavirus, Sars-CoV-2. The virus broke out in China's Wuhan in December last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast spreading coronavirus has claimed 371,282 lives and infected 6,176,278 people across the world till 3:20pm on Sunday, according to Worldometer.
As many as 2,745,011 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.