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Covid-19: Death toll crosses 2,500-mark in Bangladesh, cases near 200,000

  • Published at 02:35 pm July 17th, 2020
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51 die, another 3,034 test positive in 24 hours  

Bangladesh has crossed 2,500 Covid-19 deaths as 51 more people died of the infection in the last 24 hours.

With the latest deaths, the number of total coronavirus fatalities in Bangladesh rose to 2,547.

The country also had more than 199,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus with another 3,034 people testing positive in the past 24 hours.

With this development, the total number of confirmed cases jumped to 199,357.

Additional Director General (Administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Nasima Sultana revealed the latest figures in the daily online bulletin on the Covid-19 situation on Friday afternoon.

She also said that 1,762 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours.

So far, a total of 108,725 patients — 54.54% of all infected — have made full recoveries across the country.

Fatality rate 1.28%

Prof Nasima said of the 51 deceased – 40 men and 11 women – 13 were from Dhaka division, 16 from Chittagong, six each from Barisal and Khulna, four from Rangpur and three each from Rajshahi and Sylhet.

Division

Death rate

Dhaka

49.28%

Chittagong

25.72%

Khulna

5.89%

Rajshahi

5.14%

Sylhet

4.55%

Barisal

3.81%

Rangpur

3.42%

Mymensingh

2.20%

 

Among the victims, 42 died at different hospitals and nine at home, she added.

So far, 2,011 men (78.96%) and 536 women (21.04%) have died from the deadly virus across the country, she said.

She added that the mortality rate at the moment is 1.28% of the total cases so far detected.

As per government data, individuals who are 60 years old and above are the most vulnerable to Covid-19, as 44.05% of people in the age group had died until Friday. A further 29.72% deceased were aged 51-60, 14.37% were 41-50, 7.03% died were 31-40, 3.02% were 21 to 30, 1.14% were 11-20 and 0.67% were under the age of 10.

22.54% test positive in 24hrs 

Prof Nasima said as many as 13,681 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours.

As many as 13,460 samples were tested at 80 authorized labs across the country.

With 3,034 of the tests coming back positive, the detection rate of new patients in the last 24 hours stood at 22.54%, she said. 

Till date, 1,006,751 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 19.80% so far.

Covid-19 dedicated hospitals

In Dhaka Metropolitan area, 1,969 patients are currently hospitalized and 4,356 of general beds are vacant. Only 35 intensive care units are vacant and 107 are occupied.

In Chittagong Metropolitan area, 310 patients are currently hospitalized and 347 of the general beds are vacant. Only 20 intensive care units are vacant and 19 are occupied.

The other dedicated hospitals across the country have 1,800 people being hospitalized currently and 5,933 of the total general beds are vacant.  A total of 84 patients are currently in ICUs, while 111 ICUs are vacant in the rest of the dedicated hospitals.

“Besides, Bangladesh has a total of 11,280 oxygen cylinders across the country,” Nasima Sultana said.

Covid-19 in Bangladesh so far

On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus strain 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, and on June 18, the number of total cases crossed the 100,000 mark.

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

On July 2, a total of 4,019 positive cases were recorded, which is 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.

The fast-spreading coronavirus has claimed 593,016 lives and infected 13,961,716 people across the world till Friday afternoon, according to Worldometer.

As many as 8,294,752 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.

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