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Covid-19: Bangladesh records lowest new cases in 2 weeks

  • Published at 02:41 pm July 3rd, 2020
People consult a doctor before swab testing at Mugda Medical College and Hospital, as the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak continues, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on June 23, 2020 Reuters

The country confirmed 42 deaths and 3,114 new cases in 24 hours

Bangladesh recorded the lowest number of daily new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, compared to that of the past two weeks. 

However, the lowest number of samples were also tested -- in a 24-hour span – on the same day in comparison to the past few days.

Between Thursday and Friday mornings, 3,114 more people tested positive for Covid-19, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 156,391.

Health authorities also confirmed that another 42 Covid-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll from the deadly disease to 1,968 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 19.13%.

Addressing the daily online briefing from Dhaka on Friday afternoon, she also said that 1,606 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours.

So far, a total of 68,048 patients — 43.51% of all infected — made full recovery around the country, since the first Covid-19 cases were recorded on March 8.

Of the 42 new deceased – 32 were men and 10 were women – 31 died in different hospitals and 11  at home.

Of the 42 who died, 18 died in Dhaka division, 10 in Chittagong, four in Rangpur, three each in Sylhet, Khulna and Rajshahi and one in Barisal, said Prof Nasima.

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

Daily test positivity over 21%

DGHS official Prof Nasima said as many as 14,781 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients around the country in the last 24 hours.

During the same period, 14,650 samples including previous collections were tested in 63 out of 71 labs across the country, and 3,114 of them or 21.26% tested positive, she said.

Dr Farida Haq Memorial Ibrahim General Hospital Covid-19 Diagnostic Lab in Gazipur’s Chandra, an organization of the Diabetes Association, was recently added to the list. 

Seven private labs and one state-run lab failed to submit their reports on Friday. The state-run lab could not submit its report due to technical difficulties, said the official.

In total, 817,347 tests have been conducted so far, of which 19.13% tested positive, she added.

Prof Nasima said 877 more people were put into isolation between Thursday and Friday morning across the country, while 687 were released. Currently, 15,947 people are in isolation around the country.

Till Friday, 29,379 people were sent into isolation, and 13,432 released.

In the last 24 hours, another 2,714 people were put in quarantine and 2,766 were released. At present, 63,556 people are quarantined across the country.

Till Friday, 371,903 people were quarantined, and 308,347 released.

Hospitals and PPEs

“The government now has 120,881 personal protective equipment (PPE) in reserve. And till now, we have distributed 2,407,364 PPEs to frontline workers,” the DGHS official said.

The dedicated hospitals in Dhaka city have 6,075 general and 149 ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds. Other dedicated hospitals across the country have 14,775 general and 401 ICU beds in total. 

The 300-bed hospital in Narayanganj added 10 new ICU beds, she confirmed.

Across the country, 4,708 general and 209 ICU beds are occupied. In the last 24 hours, 578 patients were admitted and 667 were released from the hospitals.

Looking back

On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh 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 crossed the 1,000 mark. By June 18, the number of total cases had crossed the 100,000 mark. 

The country crossed the 150,000 mark in confirmed cases from 100,000 in just 14 days on July 2. On the same day, 4,019 cases were recorded, the highest so far in a single day.

On June 30, the country recorded 64 deaths, which is the highest so far in a 24-hour span.

The novel coronavirus broke 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 Friday afternoon, the fast spreading virus infected more than 11 million people and claimed over 524,580 lives in 213 countries and territories across the globe, according to worldometer.

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