Coronavirus infections rising in Bangladesh


Deaths due to coronavirus are rising by the day with the detection of new cases in Bangladesh, prompting the government to take stricter measures.

The health department on Tuesday confirmed 43 more deaths and 3,412 new cases after testing 16,292 samples in 65 labs in the last 24 hours till 8am. Some 880 patients have been recovered during the period, With that, the number of total coronavirus cases surged to 119,198 with 1545 deaths and 47,635 recoveries in Bangladesh since the detection of the first cases on March 8.

The recovery rate is 39.36 percent as of Tuesday while the death rate is 1.30 percent. The infection rate among the samples tested is 20.94 percent on Tuesday, additional director general for health Prof Nasima Sultana said at the daily briefing.

The government has been implementing the general holidays from March 26 to May 30. Offices and shops are reopened on May 31.

But with the rising trend of cases, the government is now implementing lockdown dividing different areas into red, yellow and green zones based on the density of the cases.

Ten districts have been brought under lockdown so far. The Mayors of the two city corporations in Dhaka have urged people to be prepared to face lockdown within a short notice.

Of the patients who died in the last 24 hours, 38 were men and five women. Thirty died at hospitals, 12 at their homes and one was diagnosed Covid19 after death.

Sixteen of them were hailed from Dhaka, 15 from Chattogram, six from Rajshahi, two each from Khulna and Mymensingh, and one each from Sylhet and Barishal division.

Bangladesh first reported death from Covid19 on March 18.
The initial 501 deaths were reported over a span of 79 days. The number jumped to 1,000 in the next 15 days. It took only 12 days to surpass the 1,500-mark on Monday.

The government has so far tested 644,011 samples in Bangladesh since the emergence of the virus in China’s Wuhan city.
Currently, 64,146 people are quarantined across Bangladesh – including 2,414 newly-quarantined individuals.
A total of 280,514 people have completed their quarantine course.

The authorities placed 680 new individuals suspected of having Covid-19 into isolation in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 12,927 after 8,185 left.

The virus has killed 474,339 people globally and infected 9,187,861 so far.
The WHO declared the disease pandemic on March 11.