Covid-19: 32 die in Bangladesh in 24 hours, another 2,611 test positive

Aug 08, 2020

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Covid-19: 32 die in Bangladesh in 24 hours, another 2,611 test positive

Dhaka (Bangladesh), Aug 8: Bangladesh has recorded 32 more deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the number of total fatalities to 3,365.
Besides, the country also logged more than 255,000 coronavirus cases with 2,611 people having tested positive over the same period.
With this development, the number of all confirmed cases so far jumped to 255,113.
Additional Director General (Administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Prof Nasima Sultana, revealed the latest figures from Dhaka on Saturday afternoon, in a daily online bulletin on the Covid-19 situation.
She also said that 1,020 people recovered from the disease in the preceding 24 hours.
So far, a total of 146,604 patients - 57.47% of all infected - have made full recovery across the country.
Fatality rate 1.32%
Prof Nasima said that of the 32 deceased - 25 men and seven women - 16 were from Dhaka division, five from Khulna, four each from Chittagong and Rajshahi, two from Sylhet, and one from Barisal division.
Among the victims, 31 died at different hospitals and one at home, she said.
So far, 2,655 men (78.90%) and 710 women (21.10%) have died from the deadly virus across the country, she said.
She added that the mortality rate at the moment is 1.32% of the total cases so far detected.
Covid-19 deaths in Bangladesh crossed the 1,000 mark on June 10. The toll reached 2,000 on July 5 and 3,000 on July 28.
On June 30, the country recorded 64 deaths, which is the highest in a 24-hour span till now.
22.25% test positivity rate in 24 hours
The DGHS official said 11,529 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours.
As many as 11,737 samples, including the pending ones, were tested in the 84 authorized laboratories -- government and private -- across the country.
With 2,611 of the tests coming back positive, the detection rate of new patients in the past 24 hours stood at 22.25%, she said.
Earlier, the country recorded its highest daily infection rate of 31.91% on August 3.
To date, 1,249,560 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 20.42% so far.
On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus strain Sars-CoV-2.
The number of total cases crossed the 100,000 mark on June 18, and a month later, on July 18, the cases surpassed the 200,000 mark.
On July 2, a total of 4,019 positive cases were recorded, which is the highest in a single day till now.
Covid-19 dedicated hospitals
In Dhaka metropolitan area, 2,112 patients are undergoing treatment in general beds in the Covid-19 dedicated hospitals while 193 others in intensive care units (ICUs).
In Chittagong metropolitan area, 335 patients are currently hospitalized in general beds and 16 in ICUs.
In addition, 1,697 people are undergoing treatment in general beds and 97 others in ICUs in other dedicated hospitals across the country.
There are 15,248 general beds and 539 ICUs in total in Bangladesh.
"Besides, there are 12,520 oxygen cylinders across the country," Nasima Sultana said.
Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus strain Sars-CoV-2, had broken out in China's Wuhan city in late December last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast-spreading coronavirus has claimed 724,502 lives and infected 19,567,720 people across the world till Saturday afternoon, according to Worldometer.
As many as 12,562,760 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.
Source: Dhaka Tribune