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Covid-19: Daily deaths cross 50 after 5 weeks, infections top 3,000

  • Published at 04:48 pm June 13th, 2021
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A Covid-19 patient with a low oxygen saturation level being taken to the emergency unit of the newly inaugurated DNCC Covid-19 hospital in Mohakhali, Dhaka, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Infection rate over 50% in some border districts

Bangladesh on Sunday recorded 47 deaths from Covid-19, the highest single-day death toll reported in the country in more than a month.

The last time Bangladesh recorded more deaths from Covid-19 was on May 9, when 56 people died from the disease.

A total 2,436 people tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, amounting to a daily infection rate of 12.99%. As many as 18,749 samples, including pending ones, were tested at 512 authorized labs across the country between 8am Saturday and 8am Sunday.

The overall death toll in the country now stands at 13,118, while the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 826,922 with an overall infection rate of 13.39%.

Border districts continued to show an upward trend in coronavirus cases, with the infection rate higher than 50% in some of the districts

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) revealed the latest figures on Covid-19 in the country with a press release on Sunday afternoon.

Of the 47 deceased – 32 men and 15 women – 15 were from Dhaka division, nine from Chittagong, eight from Khulna, six from Rajshahi, four from Rangpur, two each from Sylhet and Mymensingh, and one from Barisal division.

Among them, 42 patients died in government hospitals, three in private hospitals, and two at home. 

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A total 29 of the deceased were aged over 60, eight between 51 and 60, four between 41 and 50, five between 31 and 40, and one between 21 and 30.

So far, 9,438 men (71.95%) and 3,680 women (28.05%) have died from Covid-19 across the country. 

Since the arrival of the pandemic in Bangladesh, 7,294 people have died in Dhaka division, 2,518 in Chittagong, 779 in Rajshahi, 867 in Khulna, 394 in Barisal, 485 in Sylhet, 511 in Rangpur, and 270 in Mymensingh.

The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.59%.

Health authorities said 2,242 people recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours. So far, 766,266 patients – 92.66% – have made full recoveries across the country.

Currently, 24,618 people are in isolation and 47,139 are quarantined.

Infection rate over 50% in some border districts 

The Covid-19 infection rate continued to show an upward trend in the border districts of Khulna, Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions on Sunday, with the infection rate over 50% in some of the districts. 

In Bagerhat district of Khulna division, the infection rate was 50% on Sunday. In Satkhira, the positivity rate stood at 64.19%. 

The infection rate was 64.9% in Chuadanga, 34.5%  in Jessore , 45.13 % in Jhenaidah, 27.5% in Khulna, 50.7% in Narail, and 31.5% in Kushtia districts.     

Dr Md Abdul Mannan, superintendent (in-charge) of Kushtia 250 bed General Hospital in Kushtia Sadar, told Dhaka Tribune that 147 Covid-19 patients have been admitted to the hospital in just the first 12 days of June, as compared to 104 in all of May and 136 in all of April.

Only 47 Covid-19 patients were admitted to the hospital in March.

In Rangpur’s Thakurgaon district, the infection rate stood at 32.6% on Sunday. In Kurigram, it was 56.25%.

Meanwhile, a total of 13 people died at the Covid-19 unit of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) in the 24 hours till Sunday morning.

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Six of the deceased had tested positive for Covid-19, while the rest were showing symptoms consistent with the infectious disease.

Of the deceased, six were from Chapainawabganj district, three from Naogaon, two from Rajshahi and one each from Kushtia and Natore, said RMCH Director Brig Gen Shameem Yazdani.

Four more Covid-19 patients and patients with symptoms of Covid-19 died at Khulna Medical College and Hospital (KMCH) on Sunday, said hospital officials.

Two of the deceased, residents of Khulna and Jessore, were Covid-19 positive, said KMCH Covid-19unit spokesperson Dr Suhash Ranjan Halder.

As many as 143 patients were undergoing treatment at the Covid-19 unit, which has 100 beds, until Sunday morning. 

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

The novel coronavirus broke out in China's Wuhan city in late December, 2019 and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.

The fast spreading coronavirus has claimed 3,812,189 lives and infected 176,482,959 people across the world till Sunday afternoon, according to Worldometer.

As many as 160,453,800 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 219 countries and territories across the planet.

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