Coronavirus cases approach to 1.5 lakh in Bangladesh


The number of coronavirus cases has surged to 149,258 in Bangladesh with the detection of 3,775 new patients in 24 hours.
The health department at the daily bulletin on Wednesday said 41 more patients died of the pandemic virus during the period till 8am, raising the death toll to 1,888.

Some 2,484 patients have recovered during the time, increasing the tally to 62,102.
Additional director general for health Prof Nasima Sultana said they had tested 17,875 samples in 69 labs across the country in the last 24 hours.

Of the latest victims, 38 were men and three women.
Thirteen of them were hailed from Dhaka, 17 from Chattogram, five from Khulna, three from Barishal, two from Sylhet and one from Rangpur division.

Twenty-three patients died at different hospitals and 18 at their respective homes.
She also gave an age-wise analysis of the deaths so far.

The highest number of patients - 43.27 percent - died were aged 60 and above.
The age groups of 51-60 and 41-50 come next with 28.81 percent and 14.99 percent respectively.

The rest of the age groups stand under 8 percent. The age between 31 years and 40 years is 7.26 percent, 21-30 years 3.49 percent, 11-20 years 1.16 percent and under ten 0.63 percent.

Around 41.61 percent of patients have recovered in Bangladesh so far, while 1.26 percent has died.
However, the infection rate in the country till date counts 19.03 percent with 784,335 samples tested so far.

The infection rate among the tested samples was 21.12 percent on Wednesday.
Currently, 63,882 people are quarantined across Bangladesh – including 2,429 newly-quarantined individuals.
A total of 302,413 people have completed their quarantine course.

The authorities placed 955 new individuals suspected of having Covid-19 into isolation, bringing the total to 15,547 after 11,995 left, Prof Nasima said.

She, however, said hospitals beds are not fully occupied with Covid19 patients.
The number of general beds dedicated to Covid-19 treatment in Dhaka metropolitan and countrywide are respectively 6,075 and 14,748.

The ICU beds count for 149 in Dhaka metropolitan and 381 in the whole country.
Prof Nasima said only 4,873 general beds and 216 ICU beds are presently occupied by the patients receiving Covid-19 treatment across Bangladesh.

There are 11,144 oxygen cylinders, 204 high-flow nasal cannula and 98 oxygen concentrators available across the country, she said.

The virus has killed 514,301 people globally and infected 10,600,530 so far.
Bangladesh first detected the virus on March 8 and the first death on March 18. The WHO declared the virus pandemic on March 11.

The health department urged people to abide by health rules to protect themselves from the infection.
The prevention measures include wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and washing hands by soap.