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Covid-19: 33 more die in Bangladesh, total infected 263,503

  • Published at 02:36 pm August 11th, 2020
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File photo: Hospital staff carry a body of coronavirus victim at Dhaka Medical College Hospital Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Another 2,996 people test positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours

The Directorate of Health Services has confirmed that 33 more people died of coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, taking the number of deaths to 3,471 in the country. 

Besides, 2,996 more have people tested positive for Covid-19 over the same period, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 263,503. 

Additional Director General (Administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Prof Nasima Sultana, revealed the latest figures from Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon, in a daily online bulletin on the Covid-19 situation, which will be the last bulletin until further notice. 

She also said 1,535 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. 

So far, 151,972 patients — 57.67% of all infected — have fully recovered across the country. 

Fatality rate 1.32% 

Prof Nasima said, of the 33 deceased – 28 men and five women – 15 were from Dhaka division, five each from Rajshahi and Chittagong, four from Rangpur, two from Khulna, two from Barisal and one from Mymensingh.

Of the victims, 30 died at different hospitals and three at home, she added.

So far, 2,749 men (79.2%) and 722 women (20.8%) have died from the deadly virus across the country, she said. 

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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 47.31% of people in the age group had died until Tuesday. A further 28.41% deceased were aged 51-60, 13.71% were 41-50, 6.45% of the deceased were 31-40, 2.59% were 21 to 30, 0.98% were 11-20, and 0.55% were under the age of 10. 

20.22% test positive in 24hrs  

Prof Nasima said as many as 15,317samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours. 

14,820 samples were tested at 86 authorized labs across the country. 

With 2,996  of the tests coming back positive, the detection rate of new patients in the last 24 hours stood at 20.22%, she said.  

Till date, 1,227,988 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 20.46% so far. 

Covid-19 dedicated hospitals 

In the Dhaka Metropolitan area, 2,127 patients are currently hospitalized and 202 intensive care units are occupied. 

In the Chittagong Metropolitan area, 235 patients are currently hospitalized and 17 intensive care units are occupied. 

The other dedicated hospitals across the country currently have 1,759 people hospitalized and 94 patients are in ICUs now. 

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11,147 out of 15,268 general beds, and 230 out of 543 ICU beds, are vacant all across the country.   

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

Currently, 19,260 people are in isolation while 52,807 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 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 739,514 lives and infected 20,275,611 people across the world till Tuesday afternoon, according to Worldometer. 

As many as 13,201,357 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.

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