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Covid-19: Bangladesh reports 34 new deaths, 2,487 cases

  • Published at 02:37 pm August 9th, 2020
Collecting samples for laboratory testing
People waiting in queue to get their samples collected for Covid-19 testing Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The country’s death toll stands at 3,365

Bangladesh has recorded 34 more deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the number of total fatalities to 3,399.

Besides, the country also logged more than 257,000 coronavirus cases with 2,487 people having tested positive over the same period. With this development, the number of all confirmed cases so far jumped to 257,600.

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

She also said 1,766 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours.

So far, 148,370 patients — 57.60% of all infected — have fully recovered across the country.

Fatality rate 1.32%

Prof Nasima said, of the 34 deceased – 31 men and three women – 14 were from Dhaka division, seven from Khulna, six from Chittagong, four from Rajshahi, two from Rangpur and one from Mymensingh.

Division

Death rate

Dhaka

47.87%

Chittagong

23.65%

Rajshahi

6.27%

Khulna

7.62%

Barisal

3.88%

Sylhet

4.65%

Rangpur

3.94%

Mymensingh

2.12%

Of the victims, 32 died at different hospitals and two at home, she added.

So far, 2,686 men (79.02%) and 713 women (20.98%) have died from the deadly virus across the country, she said.

She 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 47.04% of people in the age group had died until Sunday. A further 28.57% deceased were aged 51-60, 13.86% were 41-50, 6.41% of the deceased were 31-40, 2.62% were 21 to 30, 0.97% were 11-20, and 0.53% were under the age of 10.

23.12% test positive in 24hrs 

Prof Nasima said as many as 11,014 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours.

10,759 samples were tested at 85 authorized labs across the country. Novus Clinical Research Services Limited was newly added to the list.

With 2,487 of the tests coming back positive, the detection rate of new patients in the last 24 hours stood at 23.12%, she said. 

Till date, 1,260,319 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 20.44% so far.

Covid-19 dedicated hospitals

In the Dhaka Metropolitan area, 2,111 patients are currently hospitalized and 197 intensive care units are occupied.

In the Chittagong Metropolitan area, 243 patients are currently hospitalized and 17 intensive care units are occupied.

The other dedicated hospitals across the country currently have 1,735 people hospitalized and 96 patients are in ICUs now.

11,169 out of 15,258 general beds, and 229 out of 539 ICU beds, are vacant all across the country.  

“Bangladesh has a total of 12,557 oxygen cylinders across the country,” Nasima Sultana said.

Currently, 18,940 people are in isolation while 52,740 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 729,748 lives and infected 19,817,574 people across the world till Sunday afternoon, according to Worldometer.

As many as 12,729,896 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.

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