Covid-19:  45 deaths, 3,243 new cases in las 24 hours

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Newsnow Desk: At least 2,781 more Covid-19 patients have recovered in the same time period.  Bangladesh has reported 45 new deaths and 3,243 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, according to DGHS.

With the latest figure, the number of total confirmed cases crossed the 105,000 mark to 105,535 and the death toll rose to 1,388.

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Additional Director General (Administration) Prof Nasima Sultana, revealed the latest figures from Dhaka on Friday afternoon, in a daily online bulletin on the Covid-19 situation.

However, the official gave a different figure of Covid-19 fatalities in the division wise data, disclosed in the same bulletin, which was clarified later on.

Fatality rate 1.32%

Prof Nasima said of the 45 deceased — 32 men and 5 women – 21 were from Dhaka division, 16 from Chittagong (later corrected to 14), two each from Rajshahi and Khulna, one each from Barisal and Sylhet, and four from Mymensingh.

She said one of the deceased was between 11 and 20 years of age, three between 21 and 30, four between 31 and 40, ten between 41 and 50, nine between 51 and 60, eleven between 61 and 70, four between 71 and 80, three over 80.

Of the victims, 31 died in different hospitals, 14 at home, and one was brought dead to a hospital, she added.

The death toll accounts for 1.32% of the total infected.

Previously on Thursday, Covid-19 cases in Bangladesh crossed the 100,000 mark, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 102,292. On Wednesday, Bangladesh for the first time crossed the 4,000 mark by recording 4,008 new cases — highest in a 24-hour span..

On June 16, the country also recorded 53 deaths from the deadly Covid-19 infection, the highest number of deaths recorded in the country in a single day, till date.

Deaths from the coronavirus infection crossed the 1,000 mark in Bangladesh on June 10 while the country recorded the first fatality on March 18. The country crossed the 100 mark in deaths. The DGHS official said as many as 16,327 samples were collected between Thursday and Friday.

Of those, 15,045 samples were tested in authorized labs across the country and 3,243 of them or 21.56% tested Covid-19 positive, she said. In all, 582,548 tests have been conducted so far, she added.

Recovery rate 40.69%

In the briefing, the DGHS officials also said that 2,781 more Covid-19 patients recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours. So far, 42,945 people – 40.69% of all infected – have made full recovery after being infected by the deadly virus.

Across the country, 684 more people were taken to isolation in the last 24 hours, while 236 were released. As many as 11,474 patients remained in isolation now.

During the same period, another 2,585 people were put in quarantine and 2,237 were released. At present, 63,054 people are quarantined across the country.

“The government has now a total 182,680 personal protective equipment (PPE) in reserve. And in the past 24 hours, we distributed a total of 6,800 PPEs to the frontline workers” she added.

On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first case of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by the new strain of coronavirus, Sars-CoV-2. The virus broke out in China’s Wuhan in December 2019 and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.

Till now the fast-spreading coronavirus has claimed more than 456,660 lives and infected more than 8,595,730 people globally, according to worldometer.

As many as 4,546,893 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the world.

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