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Bangladesh reports 22 deaths, 2,172 fresh cases from COVID-19

Dhaka: Bangladesh recorded 22 novel coronavirus
(COVID-19) deaths and 2,172 fresh cases overnight, a press release of the
Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said today.

During the late winter season, infection rate started decreasing sharply
as the country reported 2.79 percent coronavirus positive cases on February 5
this year while the figure has surged significantly at recent times.

Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 10.29 percent tested
positive, while 12.95 percent cases were detected from the total tests
conducted so far, the release added.

A total of 21,108 samples were tested at 219 authorized laboratories
across the country during the time.

“Twenty-two more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing
the death toll from the pandemic to 8,690,” the release said.

It said the tally of infections has surged to 5,70,878 as 2,172 new cases
were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

The recovery count rose to 5,22,405 after another 1,687 patients were
discharged from the hospitals during the period.

Among the total infections, 91.51 percent patients have recovered, while
1.52 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were
reported in the country on March 8.

Among the 22 deaths, 19 are male and three female, the press release
said, adding one is in his 30s, two are in their 40s, six in their 50s while
13 are above 60 years.

According to the division-wise data, 17 deaths took place in Dhaka

Among the total 8,690 fatalities, 4,891 deaths occurred in Dhaka
division, 1,596 in Chattogram division, 488 in Rajshahi division, 569 in
Khulna division, 265 in Barishal division, 314 in Sylhet division, 368 in
Rangpur division and 199 in Mymensingh division, according to the press

A total of 44,09,119 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.

It added that 2,39,38,692 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 March 21, 2021, 10:34 GMT, 2,723,396 people have died so far from
the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 123,527,233 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, 2020 reported
the first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central
China’s Hubei province.

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