Coronavirus in Bangladesh

New cases drop with testing


The number of new infections from the coronavirus has dropped with the decline of people coming to the testing facilities.
The government on Sunday confirmed only 2,459 new cases after testing 10,625 samples in 80 labs in the last 24 hours. During the period, 37 more patients died of the disease.

With that, the total cases stood at 204,525 and the deaths 2,618 since March 8 when the outbreak began in Bangladesh.
Around 15,000 samples were being tested each day in recent weeks. But it dropped to as low as around 10,000 on Sunday.

Analysts attribute imposing Tk200 and Tk500 fees for testing and discouraging people for repeat tests as the reasons for the decline.

Additional director general for health Prof Nasima Sultana at the daily briefing said of the dead patients, 29 were men and eight women.

Thirty-two of them have died in different hospitals and five at their respective homes.
Fifteen of them were from Dhaka, eight from Chattogram, seven each from Khulna, three from Rajshahi, two from Sylhet, and one each from Rangpur and Mymensingh division.

Around 54.59 percent of the patients have recovered in Bangladesh so far, while 1.28 percent have died.
Currently, 59,854 people are quarantined across the country – including 2,686 newly-quarantined individuals. A total of 350,143 people have completed their quarantine course.

The authorities placed 609 new individuals suspected of having Covid-19 into isolation, bringing the total to 18,591 after 23,556 left.
The virus has killed 604,880 people globally and infected 14,424,525 so far.