October 20, 2021, 12:04 am
Dhaka: Bangladesh today reported over 5,000 COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day while it recorded 45 deaths from the deadly virus, highest in around seven months.
The country logged 45 virus deaths, same figure for two straight days, meaning the number of COVID-19 deaths reached 8,994, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.
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.
Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 18.94 percent tested
positive, while 13.05 percent cases were detected from the total tests
conducted so far, the release added.
A total of 26,620 samples were tested at 224 authorized laboratories
across the country during the time.
It said the tally of infections has surged to 6,05,937 as 5,082 new cases
were confirmed in the last 24 hours.
The recovery count rose to 5,40,180 after another 2,162 patients were
discharged from the hospitals during the period.
Among the total infections, 89.15 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.
Among the 45 deaths, 28 are male and 17 female, the press release said, adding one is below 10 years, two are in their 20s, two in their 30s, seven in their 40s, eight in their 50s while 25 are above 60 years.
According to the division-wise data, 37 deaths took place in Dhaka
Among the total 8,994 fatalities, 5,118 deaths occurred in Dhaka division,
1,631 in Chattogram division, 501 in Rajshahi division, 579 in Khulna
division, 273 in Barishal division, 318 in Sylhet division, 373 in Rangpur
division and 201 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.
A total of 46,43,645 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 2,68,66,916 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 30, 2021, 11:20 GMT, 2,806,757 people have died so far from
the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 128,346,564 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.