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Covid-19: Body count nears 2,100, cases top 165,000

  • Published at 02:41 pm July 6th, 2020
File photo: Al-Markazul Islami staff bury the body of a Covid-19 patient at a graveyard in Dhaka on April 11, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

44 die, another 3,201 test positive in 24 hours  

The death toll from the coronavirus infection has reached near 2,100 in Bangladesh as 44 more people have died of the deadly virus in the past 24 hours.

With the latest figure, the number of total fatalities rose to 2,096. 

Meanwhile, the country has logged over 165,000 Covid-19 cases with 3,201 people having tested positive over the same period.

With this development, the number of total confirmed cases jumped to 165,618.

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

She also said that 3,524 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours.

So far, a total of 76,149 patients — 45.98% of all infected — have made full recovery across the country, since the first Covid-19 cases were recorded on March 8.

Fatality rate 1.27%

Prof Nasima said of the 44 deceased – 33 men and 11 women – 17 were from Dhaka division, 11 from Chittagong, four from Barisal, three each from Rajshahi and Sylhet, and two each from Khulna, Rangpur, and Mymensingh divisions.

Of the victims, 35 died in different hospitals and nine at home, she said.

So far, 1,657 men (79.05%) and 439 women (20.95%) have died from the deadly virus across the country, she said.

She added that the mortality rate was 1.27% against the total cases detected so far.

22.47% test positive in 24hrs 

The DGHS official said 15,201 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours.

As many as 14,245 samples were tested in 68 authorized labs (out of 73) -- government and private -- across the country. 

With 3,201 of the tests coming back positive, the detection rate of new patients in the last 24 hours stood at 22.47%, she said.

The test positivity percentage was 19.57% on Sunday. It reached an all-time high on June 18, with 23.39% of the total number of samples tested in a day coming back positive.

Till date, no fewer than 860,307 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to a whopping 19.25% infection rate as of yet.

Covid-19 dedicated hospitals

The dedicated hospitals in Dhaka city have 6,075 general and 149 ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds. Other dedicated hospitals across the country have 14,775 general and 401 ICU beds in total.

Across the country, 4,449 general and 220 ICU beds are occupied. In the last 24 hours, 715 patients were admitted and 644 were released from the hospitals.

"Besides, a total of 11,785 oxygen cylinders are currently in use across Bangladesh," she said.

Looking back

On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain which was later named Sars-CoV-2.

The country recorded its first fatality on March 18.

On June 10, Covid-19 deaths in Bangladesh crossed the 1,000 mark, and on June 18, the number of total cases crossed the 100,000 mark.

On June 30, the country recorded 64 deaths, which is the highest in a 24-hour span till now.

On July 2, a total of 4,019 positive cases were recorded, which was the highest in a single day till now.

The novel coronavirus had broken out in China's Wuhan city in late December last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.

The fast-spreading coronavirus has claimed 537,178 lives and infected 11,580,092 people across the world till 3:35pm on Monday, according to Worldometer.

As many as 6,547,935 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.

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