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Covid-19 cases cross 150,000-mark with record single-day infections

  • Published at 02:45 pm July 2nd, 2020
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A relative wearing protective suit reacts while burying the body of a man who died due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at a graveyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 8, 2020 Reuters

Highest single-day new infections recorded with 4,019 cases in 24 hours, 38 more dead

Between Wednesday and Thursday mornings, Bangladesh crossed the 150,000 mark in new Covid-19 cases as 4,019 more people – highest in a single day -- tested positive for the virus.

With the latest figure, the number of total confirmed cases climbed to 153,277. The country crossed the 150,000 mark in confirmed cases from 100,000 in just 14 days.

Health authorities have also confirmed that another 38 Covid-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll from the deadly disease to 1,926 in Bangladesh.

Sharing the latest data, Prof Nasima Sultana, an additional director general (administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said that at present the total infection rate against the number of total tests was 19.10%.

Addressing the daily online briefing from Dhaka on Thursday afternoon, she also said that 4,334 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours.

So far, a total of 66,442 patients — 43.35% of all infected — have made full recovery around the country, since the first Covid-19 cases were recorded on March 8.

After recovering, the patients are requested to remain in isolation for 14 days, as long as they have symptoms, and then stay in quarantine for another 14 days before they go in public, she added.

Of the 38 new deceased – 32 were men and six were women – 33 died in different hospitals and five  at home.

Of the total, 11 died in Dhaka division, 12 in Chittagong, five each in Khulna and Rajshahi, two each in Sylhet and Barisal, and one in Rangpur, said Prof Nasima.

She added that the mortality rate was 1.26% against total cases detected so far.

To date, among the deceased – 43.31% are above 60-year old, 29.08% are between 51 and 60, 14.80% are between 41 and 50, 7.58% are between 31 and 40, 3.47% are between 21 and 30, 1.14% are between 11 and 20 and 0.62% are below the age of 10.

Daily test positivity over 21%

DGHS official Prof Nasima said the fees for Covid-19 tests have been fixed. It will cost Tk200 for testing in state-run hospitals and Tk500 if the sample is collected from home. For private hospitals, the cost is Tk3,500 and an extra charge of Tk1,000 will be imposed for collecting samples from home.

The charges will be effective from Thursday, she added.

The official also said as many as 17,947 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients around the country in the last 24 hours.

During the same period, 18,362 samples including previous collections were tested in 70 labs – a private lab of Universal Medical College and Hospital was newly added to the list-- across the country, and 4,019 of them or 21.89% tested positive.

In total, 802,697 tests have been conducted so far — of which 19.10% tested positive, she added.

Prof Nasima said 960 more people were taken to isolation between Wednesday and Thursday mornings across the country, while 775 were released. Currently, 15,757 people are in isolation around the country.

Till Thursday, 28,502 people were sent into isolation, and 12,775 released.

In the last 24 hours, another 2,894 people were put in quarantine and 3,168 were released. At present, 63,608 people are quarantined across the country.

Till Thursday, 369,189 people were quarantined, and 305,581 released.

Hospitals and PPEs

“The government now has 126,181 personal protective equipment (PPE) in reserve. And till now, we have distributed 2,402,064 PPEs to frontline workers,” the DGHS official said.

The dedicated hospitals in Dhaka city have 6,075 general and 145ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds. Other dedicated hospitals across the country have 14,475 general and 392 ICU beds in total.

Across the country, 4,628 general and 210 ICU beds are occupied. In the last 24 hours, 518 patients were admitted and 736 were released from the hospitals.

Everyone can call the numbers – 01313791130, 01313791138-40 – to get any information regarding the hospitals, she added.

Looking back

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

The country recorded its first fatality on March 18.

On June 10, Covid-19 deaths in Bangladesh had crossed the 1,000 mark, and on June 18, the number of total cases had crossed the 100,000 mark.

On June 30, the country had recorded 64 deaths, which is the highest in a 24-hour span till now.

The day before, 4,014 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.

Until Thursday afternoon, the fast spreading virus infected more than 10.82 million people and claimed over 519,270 lives in 213 countries and territories across the globe, according to worldometer.

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