COVID-19: Bangladesh reports 23 deaths, 684 fresh cases

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WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Gheybreyesus emphasized Covid-19 testing even as vaccines roll out. Photo: Dailynewsun

Dailynewsun Desk:

Bangladesh recorded 23 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 684 fresh cases overnight.

The recovery count rose to 4,59,620 after another 964 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said on Saturday.

“Twenty-three more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 7,599,” the release said.

It said the tally of infections has surged to 5,15,184 as 684 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

A total of 9,701 samples were tested at 180 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.

Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 7.05 percent tested positive, while 15.85 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.

Among the total infections, 89.21 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.

Among the 23 deaths, 17 are male and six female, the press release said, adding one is in his 20s, two are in their 30s, two in their 40s, seven in their 50s, while 11 are above 60 years.

Division-wise Scenario:
According to the division-wise data, 14 deaths took place in Dhaka division and rests are in other divisions.

Among the total 7,599 deaths, 4,177 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,414 in Chattogram division, 434 in Rajshahi division, 533 in Khulna division, 238 in Barishal division, 291 in Sylhet division, 343 in Rangpur division and 169 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.

A total of 32,49,402 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 6,65,895 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.

The DGHS said 2,32,94,429 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 January 2, 2020, 10:19 GMT, 1,836,576 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 84,442,981 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 last year reported the first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province.