January 20, 2021, 3:56 pm
Dhaka: Bangladesh recorded 32 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 1,355 fresh cases overnight.
The recovery count rose to 4,20,896 after another 3,393 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said today.
“Thirty-two more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 7,052,” the release said.
It said the tally of infections has surged to 4,90,533 as 1,355 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.
A total of 12,748 samples were tested at 140 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.
Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 10.63 percent tested positive, while 16.52 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.
Among the total infections, 85.80 percent patients have recovered, while 1.44 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.
Among the 32 deaths, 24 are male and eight female, the press release said, adding one is in his 20s, one in his 40s, three are in their 30s, seven in their 50s, while 20 are above 60 years.
According to the division-wise data, 20 deaths took place in Dhaka division and rests are in other divisions.
Among the total 7,052 deaths, 3,838 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,308 in Chattogram division, 418 in Rajshahi division, 508 in Khulna division, 231 in Barishal division, 278 in Sylhet division, 318 in Rangpur division and 153 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.
A total of 29,69,630 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country.
The DGHS said in order to make treatment facilities easily available for the COVID-19 patients, the government has introduced telemedicine services comprising 100 physicians for round the clock in the country.
A total of 6,16,141 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.
The DGHS said 2,31,51,384 people received healthcare services from hotline mobile numbers and health web portals as the government formed a group of medical professionals to provide emergency healthcare services.
To receive information and treatment facilities on COVID-19, the contact hotline and mobile numbers are 16263; 333; 10655 and 01944333222.
As of December 13, 2020, 10:57 GMT, 1,613,689 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 72,207,546 confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
China was the world’s first country which on January 11 reported the first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province. Bss.