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Biggest single-day spike as Covid-19 infections cross 20,000-mark with 15 more deaths

  • Published at 08:38 am May 15th, 2020
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File photo: Family members and hospital staff carry a body of coronavirus victim at Dhaka Medical College Hospital Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh marks the highest single-day spike with 1202 testing positive while reporting 15 deaths and 279 recoveries in the last 24 hours

The nationwide confirmed Covid-19 cases have crossed 20,000 while the death toll topped the 298-mark as daily confirmed cases continue to rise after reopening the locked down economies.

A total of 1,202 people tested positive in the last 24 hours, taking the number of total confirmed cases to surpass the grim 20,000-mark, jumping to 20,065, thanks to the government’s efforts in increasing testing facilities.

Meanwhile, the country also recorded 15 more deaths from the deadly disease over the same period, taking the number of fatalities to 298.

Prof Nasima Sultana, additional director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), revealed the latest figures through a daily online bulletin from Dhaka on Friday.

The authorities collected as many as 9,539 samples in the past 24 hours, and of those, 8582 were tested in 41 labs across the country, said Dr Nasima. 

A total of 160,512 tests have been conducted so far, she said.

Almost 12.5% people tested positive for Covid-19 compared to the total number of tests conducted in the country.

Another 279 people have recovered in the last 24 hours. There were also 242 patients recovered between Wednesday and Thursday morning, which was not mentioned on Thursday’s bulletin. In total, 3882 people have recovered so far.

Earlier, Bangladesh recorded the highest single-day cases (1,162) from the coronavirus infection on May 13.

Among the 15 new deceased, were seven men and eight women. In terms of age, one was under 30 years of age, one in the thirties, eight in their fifties, three in their sixties and two between 81 and 90 years of age.

Dr Nasima urged everyone to follow the health guidelines issued by local health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection.

Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh

Total deaths

298

Total cases

20,065

Total recoveries

3,882

Total tests

160,512

According to the bulletin, 259 more people have been sent to isolation in the last 24 hours, and currently, there are 2,748 people in isolation.

In the last 24 hours, 81 people have been released from isolation and so far 1,479 people have been released in total.

The government prepared 8,934 isolation beds so far, 329 ICU beds and 102 dialysis units for the patients and efforts are underway to increase the number of ICU beds and dialysis units.

In the last 24 hours, 2,797 people have been put on home and institutional quarantine with a total of 2,33,470 people put on quarantine.

A total of 2006 people have been exempted from quarantine in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of the released to 186,665 people.

At present, there are 46,805 people quarantined in their home or an institution.

617 institutions have been prepared for institutional quarantine at different district and upazilas of the country where the government can accommodate 31,165 people.

On May 8, deaths from coronavirus infection crossed the 200-mark in Bangladesh, just three weeks after the country witnessed the 100-mark in fatalities and two months after the first Covid-19 case was reported in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh recorded its first fatality on March 18 and crossed its 100-mark on April 20.

Infection percentages fall below 80% in Dhaka

The infection rate has reduced to 79.55% in Dhaka division including 58.11% in Dhaka city. Among other districts, Narayanganj holds the highest number of cases.

Meanwhile, the infection rate stands at 8.47% in Chittagong division, 3.50% in Mymenshigh division, 2.53% in Rangpur, 1.55% in Sylhet, 1.39% in Rajshahi and 1.10% in Barisal.

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