April 22, 2021, 2:28 pm
Dhaka: Bangladesh today reported 5,358 COVID-19 cases, the highest number in a single day, and it recorded 52 virus deaths, the highest number in over seven months. “The tally of infections has surged to 6,11,295 as 5,358 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours,” a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said. A total of 52 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 9,046.
The country has logged over 5,000 COVID-19 cases for the third consecutive day, the DGHS said, adding 5,181 COVID-19 cases were recorded on March 29, 5,082 on March 30 and 5,358 on March 31.
Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 19.90 percent tested positive, while 13.09 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added. A total of 26,931 samples were tested at 224 authorized laboratories across the country during the time. The recovery count rose to 5,42,399 after another 2,219 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period.
Among the total infections, 88.73 percent patients have recovered, while 1.48 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8, 2020. During the late winter season, infection rate started decreasing sharply as the country reported 2.30 percent coronavirus positive cases on February 8 this year while the figure has surged significantly in recent times.
Among the 52 deaths, 38 are male and 14 female, the press release said, adding one is in his 20s, five are in their 30s, eight in their 40s, eight in their 50s while 30 are above 60 years. According to the division-wise data, 34 deaths took place in Dhaka Division.
Among the total 9,046 fatalities, 5,152 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,640 in Chattogram division, 504 in Rajshahi division, 582 in Khulna division, 273 in Barishal division, 320 in Sylhet division, 374 in Rangpur division and 201 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.
A total of 46,70,576 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 2,68,79,816 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 31, 2021, 11:08 GMT, 2,818,762 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 128,932,176 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.