COVID-19: Bangladesh reports 2,341 fresh cases, 88 deaths

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A medical person is collecting swab from a young man for COVID-19 test in Sherpur district. Photo: Md Musharaf Hossain

Dailynewsun Desk:

Bangladesh on Thursday reported 2,341 COVID-19 cases while the coronavirus claimed overnight 88 lives.

“The tally of infections has surged to 7,56,955 as 2,341 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours . . . 88 people died of COVID-19 during the period,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement.

A total of 88 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 11,393.

It said 9.39 percent of the 24,928 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 358 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 6,77,101 after another 4,782 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.

The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning, 89.45 percent recovered, while 1.51 percent died.

It said 48 out of the 88 died in Dhaka division alone and 52 of them were male while 36 were female and added that one is between 11 to 20 years, two are in their 20s, three in their 30s, 15 in their 40s,12 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.

The DGHS said Bangladesh’s COVID-19 confirmed cases crossed 5,000 mark on March 29, 2021 and 6,000 mark on April 1, 2021 while it surpassed 7,000 mark on April 4, 2021.

The country recorded 7,626 COVID-19 cases on April 7 this year, the highest daily spike since the outbreak of the pandemic, it added.

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 a sharp increase of infection as the virus infected 65,079 people.

According to month-wise statistics last year, five COVID-19 deaths were reported in March, 2020, 163 in April, 482 in May, 1,197 in June, 1,264 in July, 1,179 in August, 970 in September, 672 in October, 721 in November and 915 in December.

Instead of volunteers, family members of a persons died from Covid-19 burring the body at Rayer Bazar Graveyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2021. Photo: Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury

Month-wise data of the current year, 568 coronavirus fatalities were recorded in January, 2021, 281 in February and 638 in March, the DGHS sources said.

The DGHS said among the total 11,393 fatalities, 6,658 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 2,053 in Chattogram, 597 in Rajshahi, 693 in Khulna, 341 in Barishal, 389 in Sylhet, 420 in Rangpur and 242 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 2,75,28, 082 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 29, 2021, 11:37 GMT, 3,167,005 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 150,348,745 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.