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22 more die as Covid-19 cases near 50,000

  • Published at 02:35 pm June 1st, 2020
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File photo of a Covid-19 victim given a burial in Dhaka Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

A total of 10,597 people recovered from the disease

Bangladesh has almost reached the 50,000-mark in Covid-19 positive cases in 13 weeks since the outbreak.

Some 2,381 people tested positive in the last 24 hours. With the latest figure, the total number of confirmed cases jumped to 49,534.

The country also recorded 22 more deaths over a day’s time, taking the tally of fatalities to 672 (1.36%).

Additional Director General (administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana revealed the latest figures through a daily online bulletin on the Covid-19 situation on Monday.

Of the deceased — 19 men and three women — 11 were from Dhaka division, eight from Chittagong division, two from Sylhet , and one from Barisal division, she said.

Of the 22 who died in the 24-hour span, one was in the 20s, eight in their 40s, four in their 50s, seven in the 60s, and two were in their 70s.

Fifteen died in hospitals while undergoing treatment, six at home, and one died on the way to a hospital, she added.

Nasima, also DGHS acting director general, said 13,104 samples were collected in the past 24 hours and 11,439 were tested in 52 labs across the country.

In all, 320,369 tests have been conducted so far, she said.

Nasima also said that a record 816 number of Covid-19 patients recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours, raising the total recoveries to 10,597 some 21.39% of all infected.

Across the country, 449 more people were taken to isolation in the last 24 hours, while 222 were released. Currently, 6,021 people are in isolation and 3,238 have been released so far, she said.

There are 13,284 isolation beds in Bangladesh, with 7,250 in Dhaka city and some 6,034 beds in other areas of the country. Around 399 intensive care units, and 112 dialysis units have been prepared for treating Covid-19 patients in hospitals, Nasima added.

During the same period, another 2,707 people were quarantined at home and institutions, while 3,752 were released. At present, 59,136 people are quarantined across the country.

From the stock of 2,489,162 personal protective equipment, around 2,140,293 have been distributed so far.

At least, 4,217 doctors are now providing voluntary service through online and other platforms of health authorities, she said.

She urged everyone to follow all health regulations issued by her office including wearing face masks.

She advised maintaining at least three-feet social distancing in offices, markets, and workplaces, and washing hands for 20 seconds at least.

“All infected and non-infected people, keep yourselves cheerful and your mental health in check as well. Also do light exercises and eat vitamin-C, zinc, and food consisting of protein,” she said.

Those infected with the deadly virus could take fresh vegetables and fruits, liquid food, hot water, she said.

Quoting the recovered Covid-19 patients, Nasima said solutions (mixture) made of ginger and clove with hot water, and honey and fennel flower with hot water proved to be a good treatment.

On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first case of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by the new strain of coronavirus, Sars-CoV-2. The virus broke out in China's Wuhan in December last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.

The fast spreading coronavirus has claimed 374,336 lives and infected 6,290,758 people across the world till 5:30pm on Monday, according to Worldometer.

As many as 2,862,119 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.

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