The country’s death toll stands at 3,306
Bangladesh on Thursday went past Italy in terms of confirmed Covid-19 cases to become the 15th worst-affected country in the world with 249,651 infections.
According to Worldometer, Italy’s count of virus cases stands at 248,803 as of 3pm on Thursday which is 848 less than Bangladesh’s tally. However, fatalities due to the virus are more than ten times higher in Italy than Bangladesh.
In the last 24 hours, Bangladesh reported 2,977 fresh cases and 39 new deaths.
With the latest updates, the virus body count in the country is now 3,306 while fatalities in Italy as of Thursday stands at 35,181.
Prof Dr Baizid Khoorshid Riaz, director of National Institute of Preventive & Social Medicine (NIPSOM), revealed the latest figures in the daily online bulletin of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on the Covid-19 situation on Thursday afternoon.
He also said 2,074 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours.
So far, 143,824 patients — 57.61% of all infected — have fully recovered across the country.
Fatality rate 1.32%
Prof Dr Baizid said, of the 39 deceased – 32 men and seven women – 17 were from Dhaka division, seven from Chittagong, four from Khulna, three each from Rajshahi and Rangpur, two each from Barisal and Sylhet, and one from Mymensingh.
Of the victims, 30 died at different hospitals and nine at home, he added.
So far, 2,606 men (78.83%) and 700 women (21.17%) have died from the deadly virus across the country, he said.
He added that the current mortality rate is 1.32% 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 46.85% of people in the age group had died until Thursday. A further 28.64% deceased were aged 51-60, 13.85% were 41-50, and 6.47% of the deceased were 31-40.
23.43% test positive in 24hrs
Prof Dr Baizid said as many as 13,189 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours.
12,708 samples were tested at 83 authorized labs across the country.
With 2,977 of the tests coming back positive, the detection rate of new patients in the last 24 hours stood at 23.43%, he said.
Till date, 1,225,124 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 20.38% so far.
Covid-19 dedicated hospitals
In the Dhaka Metropolitan area, 2,107 patients are currently hospitalized and 179 intensive care units are occupied.
In the Chittagong Metropolitan area, 233 patients are currently hospitalized and 22 intensive care units are occupied.
The other dedicated hospitals across the country currently have 1,639 people hospitalized and 91 patients are in ICUs now.
11,269 out of 15,248 general beds, and 247 out of 539 ICU beds, are vacant all across the country.
“Bangladesh has a total of 12,520 oxygen cylinders across the country,” Baizid Khoorshid said.
Currently, 18,674 people are in isolation while 52,830 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 711,463 lives and infected 18,990,064 people across the world till Thursday afternoon, according to Worldometer.
As many as 12,181,805 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.