55 die, another 3,027 test positive in 24 hours
The death toll from Covid-19 in Bangladesh climbed to 2,151 on Tuesday with 55 more people succumbing to the disease in the past 24 hours.
This is the third time the daily death toll has crossed 50 since the first cases of Covid-19 were detected in the country on March 8.
Furthermore, 3,027 fresh cases of Covid-19 were confirmed from Monday to Tuesday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 168,645.
Additional Director General (Administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Nasima Sultana revealed the latest figures from in the daily online bulletin on the Covid-19 situation on Tuesday afternoon.
She also said that 1,953 had people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours.
So far, a total of 78,102 patients — 46.31% of all infected — have made full recoveries across the country.
Fatality rate 1.26%
Prof Nasima said of the 55 deceased – 46 men and 9 women – 27 were from Dhaka division, 12 from Chittagong, 7 from Khulna, 2 each from Sylhet, Rangpur, Rajshahi and Barisal, and 1 from Mymensingh.
Among the victims, 39 died at different hospitals, 15 at home and one on the way to hospital, she added.
Prof Nasima also said one of the deceased was below the age of 20, two between 31 and 40, six between 41 and 50, 18 between 51 and 60, 21 between 61 and 70, and nine between 71 and 80.
So far, 1,703 men and 448 women have died from the deadly virus across the country, she said.
She added that the mortality rate at the moment is 1.28% of the total cases so far detected.
As per government data, individuals who are 60 years old and above are the most vulnerable to Covid-19, as 940 people in the age group had died until Tuesday. A further 624 deceased were aged 51-60, 323 were 41-50, 155 died were 31-40, 71 were 21 to 30, 25 were 11-20 and 13 were under the age of 10.
The first death from Covid-19 in the country was recorded on March 18.
23% test positive in 24hrs
Prof Nasima said as many as 13,491 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours.
As many as 13,137 samples were tested at 74 authorized labs across the country.
With 3,027 of the tests coming back positive, the detection rate of new patients in the last 24 hours stood at 23%, she said.
Till date, 8,73,480 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 19.31%, so far.
Situation at dedicated Covid-19 hospitals
Dedicated Covid-19 hospitals in Dhaka city have 6,075 general and 149 ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds. Other dedicated hospitals across the country have 14,475 general and 401 ICU beds in total.
Across the country, 4,156 general and 210 ICU beds are occupied. In the last 24 hours, 495 patients were admitted and 914 were released from the hospitals.
“Besides, a total of 11,520 oxygen cylinders are currently in use across Bangladesh,” Prof Nasima said.
She said three hospitals - Quwait-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital, Kurmitola General Hospital and Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital - are now have connections to the central oxygen line and liquid oxygen tanks. Two hospitals – the 300-beds hospital in Narayanganj and Comilla General Hospital -will also get connections and tanks this week.
“With the support of UNICEF, the Health Engineering Department and National Electrochemical Equipment Maintenance Workshop and Training Centre are working to install same facility at all Covid-19 hospitals across the country,” she added.
Everyone can call the numbers 01313791130 and 01313791138-40 for information regarding the hospitals, she further said.
On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus strain 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.