Covid-19 cases jumps to 172,000 in Bangladesh


The number of coronavirus cases reached 172,134 in Bangladesh on Wednesday when the health department confirmed 3,489 fresh cases.

With that, Bangladesh is now the sixth worst-affected country in Asia in terms of the number of positive cases while India remains at the top of the table with 744,330 cases.

Additional director general for health Prof Nasima Sultana at the daily briefing said in the last 24 hours till 8am of Wednesday, 46 more patients died of Covid-19, and 2,736 made recoveries.

With that, the death tally surged to 2,197 and recovery 80,838.
Bangladesh first confirmed the disease on March 8, and the first death on March 18. The WHO declared the disease pandemic on March 11. So far, 889,152 samples have been tested in Bangladesh.

In the last 24 hours, Prof Nasima said 15,672 samples were tested in 75 labs across the country.
Currently, 62,998 people are quarantined across the country, including 2,691 newly-quarantined individuals.

A total of 321,301 people have completed their quarantine periods.
The authorities placed 792 new individuals suspected of having Covid-19 into isolation in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 16,856 after 16,287 left.

Prof Nasima further assured that there is no shortage of beds for Covid19 patients in Bangladesh.
The number of general beds dedicated to Covid19 treatment in Dhaka and other parts of the country are 6,305 and 14,945 respectively.

The ICU beds count for 142 in Dhaka metropolitan and 394 in the whole country.
There are 11,764 oxygen cylinders, 134 sets of high-flow nasal cannula and 98 oxygen concentrators available across the country, she said.