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Covid-19: Lowest number of daily tests in 14 weeks

  • Published at 02:34 pm August 2nd, 2020
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File photo: People wait in queue for hours - with no regard for social distancing - to get tested for Covid-19 at the Central Police Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

22 more die, 886 new cases in 24 hours

Bangladesh has recorded the lowest number of single day cases in 85 days as it conducted the lowest number of tests in the past 14 weeks following Eid-ul-Azha celebrations.

Previously on April 26, 3,476 tests were conducted in a 24- hours span.

A fresh 886 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in 24 hours from Saturday to Sunday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 240,746. 

The Covid-19 death toll in Bangladesh climbed to 3,154 on Sunday with 22 more people succumbing to the disease in the past 24 hours. 

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 586 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours.

So far, 136,839 patients — 56.84% of all infected — have fully recovered across the country.

24.05% test positive in 24hrs

Prof Nasima said as many as 3,213 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours.

3,684 samples were tested at authorized labs across the country.

With 886 of the tests coming back positive, the detection rate of new patients in the last 24 hours stood at 24.05%, she said. 

Till date, 1,189,295 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 20.24% so far.

Fatality rate 1.31%

Prof Nasima said, of the 22 deceased – 17 men and five women – eight were from Dhaka division, three each from Chittagong and Khulna, four from Rajshahi, two from Barisal and one each from Rangpur and Sylhet.

Division

Death rate

Dhaka

47.72%

Chittagong

24.25%

Khulna

7.26%

Rajshahi

6.02%

Sylhet

4.82%

Barisal

3.99%

Rangpur

3.77%

Mymensingh

2.16%

Of the victims, 20 died at different hospitals and two at home, she added.

So far, 2,479 men (78.69%) and 675 women (21.40%) have died from the deadly virus across the country, she said.

She added that the current mortality rate is 1.31% of all cases detected so far.

As per government data, individuals who are 60 years old and above are the most vulnerable to Covid-19, as 46.35% of people in the age group had died until Sunday. A further 28.82% deceased were aged 51-60, 13.92% were 41-50, 6.56% of the deceased were 31-40, 2.76% were 21 to 30, 1.01% were 11-20, and 0.57% were under the age of 10.

Covid-19 dedicated hospitals

In the Dhaka Metropolitan area, 2,089 patients are currently hospitalized and 183 intensive care units are occupied.

In the Chittagong Metropolitan area, 234 patients are currently hospitalized and 20 intensive care units are occupied.

The other dedicated hospitals across the country currently have 1,416 people hospitalized and 80 patients are in ICUs now.

11,501 out of 15,240 general beds, and 267 out of 550 ICU beds, are vacant all across the country.  

“Bangladesh has a total of 12,490 oxygen cylinders across the country,” Nasima Sultana said.

Currently, 18,720 people are in isolation while 55,369 are in home or institutional quarantine.

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 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.

The fast-spreading coronavirus has claimed 689,079 lives and infected 18,034,097 people across the world till Sunday afternoon, according to Worldometer.

As many as 11,339,138 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.

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