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Covid-19: Bangladesh records lowest number of new cases in a day in 1.5 months

  • Published at 02:36 pm July 19th, 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

The country confirmed 37 deaths and 2,459 new cases in 24 hours

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

Between Saturday to Sunday mornings, 2,459 more people tested positive for Covid-19, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 204,525.

Previously on June 4, the country recorded 2,423 cases in a span of 24 hours.

Health authorities also confirmed that another 37 Covid-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll from the deadly disease to 2,618 in Bangladesh.

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 Sunday afternoon.

She also said that 1,544 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours.

So far, a total of 111,642 patients — 54.59% of all infected — have made full recoveries across the country.

Fatality rate 1.28%

Prof Nasima said that of the 37 deceased – 29 men and eight women – 15 were from Dhaka division, eight from Chittagong, seven from Khulna, three from Rajshahi, two from Sylhet and one each from Rangpur and Mymensingh.

Division

Death rate

Dhaka

49.05%

Chittagong

25.44%

Khulna

6.23%

Rajshahi

5.31%

Sylhet

4.66%

Barisal

3.74%

Rangpur

3.39%

Mymensingh

2.22%

 Among the victims, 32 died at different hospitals and five at home, she added.

So far, 2,069 men (79.03%) and 549 women (20.97%) 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 44.46% of people in the age group had died until Sunday. A further 29.72% deceased were aged 51-60, 14.13% were 41-50, 6.91% died were 31-40, 3.02% were 21 to 30, 1.11% were 11-20 and 0.65% were under the age of 10.

23.14% test positive in 24hrs 

Prof Nasima said as many as 10,935 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours.

As many as 10,625 samples were tested at 80 authorized labs across the country.

With 2,459 of the tests coming back positive, the detection rate of new patients in the last 24 hours stood at 23.14%, she said. 

Till date, 1,028,299 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 19.89% so far.

Covid-19 dedicated hospitals

In Dhaka Metropolitan area, 2,193 patients are currently hospitalized and 4,706 of general beds are vacant. At least 277 people were admitted and 115 were released from the hospitals in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, only 75 intensive care units are vacant and 150 are occupied.

In Chittagong Metropolitan area, 300 patients are currently hospitalized and 362 of the general beds are vacant. At least 42 people were admitted and 41 were released from the hospitals in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, only 18 intensive care units are vacant and 21 are occupied.

The other dedicated hospitals across the country have 1,843 people being hospitalized currently and 5,890 of the total general beds are vacant.  A total of 95 patients are currently in ICUs, while 103 ICUs are vacant in the rest of the dedicated hospitals.

“Besides, Bangladesh has a total of 12,071 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 605,202 lives and infected 14,443,476 people across the world till Sunday afternoon, according to Worldometer.

As many as 8,628,090 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.

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