In yet another grim milestone, the death toll due to Covid19 pandemic crossed 2,000-mark in Bangladesh on Sunday.
The health department confirmed 55 more deaths in the last 24 hours till 8am on Sunday, raising the total tally to 2,052.
However, the recovery rate is 44.72 percent and death rate 1.26 percent, Additional Director General for Health Prof Nasima Sultana said at the daily bulletin.
She said during the period, 2,738 people were tested Covid-19 positive, taking the number of total infections to 162,417.
The recovery rate is 44.72 percent with 72,625 recoveries so far including 1,904 in the last 24 hours.
Of the deceased, 37 were men and 18 women - 41 died at hospitals and 14 at home.
Of them, 19 were from Dhaka division, 13 from Chattogram, eight from Rangpur, six from Khulna, five from Barishal, two from Sylhet, and one each from Rajshahi and Mymensingh.
Some 13,988 samples were tested in 68 labs across the country in the last 24 hours. So far, 846,062 samples have been tested.
The overall rate of infection is 19.20 percent against the total tests conducted.
The first confirmed Covid-19 case was detected in the country on March 8 and the first death was recorded on March 18.
About a month later, the death toll exceeded 100 on April 20 and it was 500 on May 25. The fatality crossed 1,000 on June 10, and 1,500 on June 22.
Of the total 2,052 people who died from Covid-19 up to now, 1,624 were men and 428 women.
Of the deceased, 1,060 were from Dhaka division, 634 from Chattogram, 102 from Rajshahi, 88 from Khulna, 86 from Sylhet, 72 from Barishal, 61 from Rangpur and 49 from Mymensingh.
The government rules out the shortage of beds and ICUs for the COVID-19 patients.
Prof Nasima said there are 6075 beds and 149 ICUs in 16 COVID-19 dedicated hospitals in Dhaka city.
The number of total beds and ICUs in the country are 14,775 beds and 401 respectively, the health official said, adding now 7113 patients are undergoing treatment at these hospitals and 355 were admitted to the ICUs.
“So, there is no scarcity of ICUs and beds in the hospital for COVID-19 patients,” she said, urging people to abide by health rules to protect themselves from the infection.