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Covid-19: Daily test positivity rate hits 12-week high

  • Published at 03:33 pm November 30th, 2020
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Over 81% ICU beds occupied in Dhaka

The daily Covid-19 test positivity rate in Bangladesh hit a 12-week high on Monday, with 16.43% of suspects testing positive for coronavirus.

The test positivity rate was 13.02% on Sunday, and the overall test positivity rate stands at 16.77% as of Monday morning.

On September 2, Bangladesh had recorded a test positivity rate of 16.98%.

The country has now logged a total of 464,932 coronavirus cases, with 2,525 people testing positive in the 24 hours till Monday morning.

As many as 15,372 samples, including pending ones, were tested at 118 authorized labs -- both government and private -- across the country.

Bangladesh has registered fresh 35 deaths from Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths from the pandemic in the country to 6,644.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) revealed the latest figures on the Covid-19 pandemic through a press release on Monday.

Bangladesh confirmed the first cases of Covid-19 in the country on March 8 and first death on March 18.

All patients died at hospitals

Of the 35 deceased – 24 men and 11 women – 25 were from Dhaka division, four from Rajshahi, two from Khulna, and one each from Chittagong, Sylhet, Rangpur and Mymensingh.

All the victims died at hospitals across the country.

So far, 5,099 men (76.75%) and 1,545 women (23.24%) have died from Covid-19 across the country.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,565 have died in Dhaka division, 1,257 in Chittagong, 406 in Rajshahi, 498 in Khulna, 219 in Barishal, 265 in Sylhet, 301 in Rangpur, and 133 in Mymensingh.

The mortality rate stands at 1.43%.

56% of ICU beds occupied

With the number of cases spiking, the demand for ICU beds at most hospitals across Bangladesh is increasing every day.

Out of the total 566 ICU beds across Bangladesh, 318 of them were occupied as of Monday morning.

Dhaka hospitals are facing particularly high pressure, as many patients flock to the capital in absence of ICU beds in districts.

In Dhaka, four out of five ICU beds are occupied as only 91 out of a total 316 ICU beds were vacant as of Monday morning.

Five hospitals in Dhaka – Kurmitola General Hospital, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Ibn Sina Hospital, AMZ Hospital, and Bangladesh Specialised Hospital – had no ICU beds vacant, according to the DGHS bulletin.

Recoveries, quarantine and isolation

The health authorities said 2,539 people had recovered from Covid-19 over the preceding 24 hours.

So far, 380,711 patients – 81.89% – have made full recoveries across the country.

Currently, 12,866 people are in isolation and 40,522 are quarantined.

Global situation

The total number of global coronavirus cases exceeded 62.6 million on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, reports UNB.

Deaths have surged to more than 1.45 million, the data shows.

Covid-19 has hit 191 countries since the first cases were reported in China in December last year.

The US has reported 13,376,113 cases since the start of the pandemic and the fatalities in the country have climbed to 266,838.

The number of new Covid-19 cases reported in the United States topped 200,000 for the first time Friday, according to data from the university. Since January, when the first infections were reported in the US, the nation’s total number of cases has surpassed 13 million. More than 265,000 people have died, reports AP.

The US’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the US may see “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus in the weeks after Thanksgiving, and he does not expect current recommendations around social distancing to be relaxed before Christmas.

India comes in second place in terms of cases with 9,392,919, while the country's death toll has soared to 136,696.

Brazil has registered 172, 833 deaths while the country’s total caseload reached 6,314,740 as of Monday.

The countries with a death toll above 20,000 are Mexico with 105,459 deaths, the UK with 58,342, Italy with 54,904, France with 52,410, Iran with 47,874, Spain with 44,668 and Russia with 39,127.

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