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Coronavirus: Bangladesh sees four more deaths, cases surge to 621

  • Published at 02:27 pm April 12th, 2020
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The number of recovered patients now stands at 39

Bangladesh has reported another four deaths from coronavirus, taking the death toll to 34.

The disease control agency said that the number of confirmed cases surged to 621 as 139 new cases were reported in the 24 hours to 8am on Sunday. 

The number of recovered patients now stands at 39 as three people, including a doctor, returned home during the period, according to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

Addressing an online media briefing, IEDCR Director Meerjady Sabrina Flora said that a total of 1,340 samples across the country were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the tally of tested samples to 9,653, so far. 

Dhaka still virus hotspot

Nearly 50% of the new infections in the last 24 hours were reported from the capital while 35 percent from districts in Dhaka division. Chittagong accounts for 6 percent while the rest from other parts of the country.

Among the four new deaths reported on Sunday, two were in Dhaka city.

The infection has spread to 75 areas in the capital. The high number of infections has prompted authorities to put more areas under lockdown every single-day.

Of the country's eight divisions, Dhaka has seen the most number of infected patients — 313 followed by Mymensingh with 14 cases while Chittagong recorded 12 cases.

Seven cases have been confirmed in the southern division of Barisal, five in Rangpur, three in Sylhet, and one each in Rajshahi and Khulna.

On Sunday, respective local authorities locked down Khagrachhari and Sunamganj districts.

In Goplaganj, seven houses were put under lockdown on Saturday after two people tested positive for Covid-19.

Earlier, several other districts, including Comilla, Sylhet, Rajbari, Brahmanbaria, Munshiganj and Habiganj, were also locked down between Friday and Saturday.

Healthcare facility situation

Authorities so far, have arranged 7,693 beds in isolation units across the country while 112 intensive care units (ICUs) have dedicated for Covid-19 patients, Saniya Tahmina of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) told Sunday’s media briefing.

The three dedicated Covid-19 hotlines have attended to more than 91,00 thousand calls in the last 24 hours, she said before adding as many as 4,601 doctors are providing medical advice to the people calling the hotlines.

The government has some 468,442 personal protective equipment (PPEs) in stock after sending in about 700,000 to healthcare professionals across the country, according to DGHS Additional Director Tahmina.

As of Sunday, the fast-spreading virus has claimed over 108,900 lives globally and infected more than 1,783,700 people, according to worldometer.

As many as 405,118 people have also recovered from Covid-19, a disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus, which has spread to 210 countries and territories across the globe.        

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