COVID-19: Bangladesh continues recording highest deaths in a day

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People, wearing protective suits, offer funeral prayers for a man who died due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), before his burial at a graveyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 6, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Dailynewsun Desk:

Bangladesh on Wednesday recorded 96 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths, the highest number in a single day since its first detection on March 8 last year while 5,185 fresh cases were reported during the period.

“The tally of infections has surged to 70,31,70 as 5,185 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement.

A total of 96 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 9,987, reports BSS.

It said 20.89 percent of the 24,825 samples collected in 24 hours were tested positive while the infection rate was only 2.30 percent just on February 8 this year as during the late winter season, the rate started decreasing sharply.

The samples were tested at 255 authorized medical laboratories across the country during the time as the government put in efforts to increase the number of testing centers gradually with resurgence of the pandemic.

The recovery count rose to 5,91,299 after another 5,333 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.

The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning 84.09 percent recovered, while 1.42 percent died.

It said 68 out of the 96 died in Dhaka division alone and 59 of them were male while 37 were female and added that two are in their 20s, two in their 30s, 12 in their 40s, 25 in their 50s while 55 are above 60 years.

Bangladesh recorded the highest number of COVID-19 fatality on June 30 last year when the virus killed 64 people in a day.

DGHS said the country logged 6,469 coronavirus positive cases on April 1, 6,830 on April 2, 5,683 on April 3, 7087 on April 4, 7,075 on April 5, 7,213 on April 6, 7,626 on April 7, 6,854 on April 8, 7,462 on April 9, 5,343 on April 10, 5,819 on April 11, 7,201 on April 12, 6,028 on April 13 and 5,185 on April 14.

A brac Covid-19 testing booth in Mirpur-13 area. Photo was taken on Sunday. Photo: Roton Malo

According to month-wise statistics last year, 51 COVID-19 positive cases were detected in March 2020, 7616 in April, 39,486 in May, 98,330 in June, 92,178 in July, 75,335 in August, 50,483 in September, 44, 205 in October, 57,248 in November and 48,578 in December.

The beginning of the current year witnessed a drastic fall of coronavirus cases in the country but the trend lasted for only two months — 21,629 cases were detected in January and 11,077 in February.

The entire month of March witnessed sharp increase of infection when the virus infected 65,079 people.

The DGHS said among the total 9,987 fatalities, 5,785 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,796 in Chattogram, 535 in Rajshahi, 625 in Khulna, 299 in Barishal, 345 in Sylhet, 390 in Rangpur and 212 in Mymensingh division.

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 2,71,79,839 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 April 12, 2021, 10:49 GMT, 2,974,946 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 138,123,821 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.