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Covid-19: Bangladesh second least hit among countries with over 5,000 fatalities

  • Published at 10:39 pm September 23rd, 2020
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File photo: A health official uses a nasal swab to collect sample from a man for Covid-19 testing at Central Police Hospital in Rajarbagh, Dhaka on Thursday, May 21, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Against every 32,966 people, the country has logged one Covid-19 death, according to Worldmeter as of 12:30pm on Wednesday

When the total size of population is considered, Bangladesh stands second last among the countries which have registered at least 5,000 deaths from Covid-19 infection, suggests an analysis of Dhaka Tribune.

Against every 32,966 people, the country logged one death, according to Worldmeter as of 12:30pm on Wednesday.

Even neighbouring India, which is the second most affected country after the US when the maximum number of cases is taken into account, is nowhere near. India reported one death against 15,364 people.

Pakistan tops the list – which includes 29 countries – with one fatality in every 34,491 people.

Interestingly, the US, which is the worst-hit country in terms of the caseload, is ranked 22nd on the list, as it registered one fatality from the deadly virus against every 1,613 people.

With one death in every 1,047 people, Peru remains at the bottom, following Belgium, which reported one death for every 1,165 people.

Shockingly, 12 of the 29 countries, including Peru and Belgium, witnessed one death against fewer than per 2,000 people.

Bangladesh crossed the grim landmark of 5,000 deaths on Tuesday, jointly with the Philippines.

Before them, so far only 27 countries have crossed the 5,000-mark.

Bangladesh recorded its first death from coronavirus on March 18, just 10 days after the first three cases were reported.

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), it took Bangladesh 85 days to top 1,000 coronavirus deaths, another 25 days to reach 2,000, and another 23 days to top 3,000, and another 28 days each to reach the grim milestones of 4,000 and 5,000 Covid-19 fatalities.

Compared to the worst-hit countries of the world, it took Bangladesh longer to register 5,000 deaths (189 days). The UK took 30 days, Italy 31, the US 33, Brazil 44, France 50, Mexico 61, Peru 79, India 80 and Pakistan 114.

In the 24 hours until Wednesday morning, Bangladesh recorded another 37 deaths, taking the tally to 5,044.

Of the deceased, a whopping 3,914 people were male, accounting for 77.60% of the total number of fatalities.

Additionally, those aged over 60 dominated the list as they covered more than half the tally. Till Wednesday morning, at least 2,546 people from that particular age group had died from coronavirus infection.

Data from the Directorate General of Health Services reveal that 2077.7 people tested positive for the virus for every one million population, whereas only 29.6 people died for every million population.

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