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Study: Markets, buses are biggest Covid-19 hazards

More than half of Bangladeshis killed by Covid-19 are over 60

Update : 10 Apr 2021, 10:20 PM

There is a 61% risk of contracting Covid-19 at the market or on public transports, according to a recent study by the IEDCR. 

On the other hand, the risk of contracting the coronavirus at public places is 35%, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control, and Research (IEDCR) study found.

The data was collected by IEDCR from the records of 8,500 Covid-19 patients from March 5 to April 5.

Furthermore, more than half of the people who have died of Covid-19 in Bangladesh were over 60 years old, according to the daily virus update released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Saturday.   

A total of 5,429 people over 60 have died of Covid-19, which makes up 56.2% of the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the country. 

Bangladesh reported 77 deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday, the highest daily figure since the pandemic began.

On Saturday, 44 out of the 77 newly reported Covid-19 deaths were of people over the age of 60. 

On Friday, 36 out of the 63 newly reported Covid-19 deaths were of people over the age of 60. 

As many as 46 of the 76 people who died from Covid-19 on Thursday were over 60 years old, on Wednesday 40 of 63, on Tuesday 41 of 66, on Monday 32 of 52, on Sunday 34 of 53, and on Saturday 34  of 53. 

Altogether 9,661 people have died from Covid-19 in the country so far. Of them, 7,226 were men (74.80%) and 2,435 women were (25.20%). 

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Older adults are at greater risk of requiring hospitalization or dying if they are diagnosed with COVID-19. As you get older, your risk of being hospitalized for Covid-19 increases.”

Statistics also show that older people are more likely to die and need hospitalization if they contract the virus. 

CDC data show that the death rate of people aged 30-39 is 45 times higher than that of people aged 5-17, while the death rate for people aged over 85 is 8,700 times higher than for people aged 5-17. 

The fast-spreading coronavirus had claimed more than 2,931,627 lives and infected at least 135,440,480 people across the world as of Saturday afternoon, according to Worldometer.

As many as 108,988,059 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has spread to 219 countries and territories across the planet.

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