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Bangladesh crosses Germany in Covid-19 infections

  • Published at 08:44 am July 20th, 2020
Coronavirus patient graveyard Dhaka Al MarkazulOpu
File photo: Al-Markazul Islami staff bury the body of a Covid-19 patient at a graveyard in Dhaka on April 11, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The country fares well among South Asian countries in fatality rate

Bangladesh has recorded 2,928 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours – taking the total to 207,453 confirmed cases – surpassing that of Germany.

In terms of the highest number of infections, the country now ranks 16th among the worst-affected countries, according to Worldometer.

According to Worldometer, Germany’s count of coronavirus cases stood at 202,572 as of 3pm on Sunday which was 1,953 less than Bangladesh’s tally with the then 204,525 infections.

Meanwhile, the country has fared well among South Asian nations as the fatality rate is lowest among other major nations in the region.

With 1,914 fresh recoveries, the health authorities in Bangladesh confirmed that the recovery rate went up to 54.74% with 113,558 recoveries in all, so far. The rate is still lower than neighbouring India (63.8%) and Pakistan (77.7%).

The deadly virus claimed another 50 lives including that of a child, and reached 2,668 deaths so far, with a 1.29% mortality rate.

Additional Director General (administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Prof Nasima Sultana, revealed the latest figures on Monday afternoon at a daily online bulletin on the Covid-19 situation.

Prof Nasima said that of the 50 deceased, 35 were male and 15 were female.

Of the deaths, 21 were from Dhaka division, 10 from Khulna, seven from Chittagong, five from Rajshahi, three from Sylhet, and two each from Barisal and Rangpur divisions.

Among the victims, 42 died at different hospitals and eight at home, she said.

So far, 2,104 men (78.86%) and 564 women (21.14%) have died from the deadly virus across the country, she said.

As per government data, individuals who are 60 years old and above are the most vulnerable to Covid-19, and 44.64% people from that age group died till Monday.

29.50% of the deceased were aged 51 to 60, 14.28% were in their 40s, 6.82% were in their 30s, 3% were between 21 and 30, 1.09% were between the ages of 11 and 20, and 0.67% were under 10.

Among the fresh fatalities, 21 patients died in Dhaka division, 10 died in Khulna, five in Rajshahi, three in Sylhet, seven in Chittagong, two in Barisal, and two died in Rangpur division in 24 hours.

DGHS data showed the overall death toll in Dhaka and Chittagong divisions saw a slight decline.

In the last five days, the fatality count surpassed 200 in the country.

Division

Death rate

Dhaka

48.91%

Chittagong

25.22%

Khulna

6.48%

Rajshahi

5.40%

Sylhet

4.69%

Barisal

3.75%

Rangpur

3.37%

Mymensingh

2.17%

Source: DGHS

21.91% test positivity rate in 24 hours

The DGHS official said 13,329 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours.

As many as 13,362 samples were tested in the 80 authorized laboratories across the country.

With 2,928 of the tests coming back positive, the detection rate of new patients in the past 24 hours stood at 21.91%, she said.

To date, 1,041,661 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 19.92% so far.

Covid-19 dedicated hospitals

In the Dhaka metropolitan area, 2,281 patients are undergoing treatment in general beds at different Covid-19 dedicated hospitals. As many as 4,792 general beds are vacant now.

131 intensive care units (ICUs) are vacant and 167 are occupied.

In the Chittagong metropolitan area, 294 patients are currently hospitalized and 368 general beds are vacant. Only 18 intensive care units are vacant and 21 are occupied.

Other dedicated hospitals across the country currently have 1,824 people hospitalized and 5,909 of all general beds are vacant. A total of 95 patients are currently admitted to ICUs, and 103 ICUs are vacant in the rest of the Covid dedicated hospitals.

There are 15,468 general beds and 462 ICUs in total, across the country.

"Bangladesh has 12,233 oxygen cylinders across the country," Nasima Sultana said.

On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus strain Sars-CoV-2.

The country recorded its first fatality on March 18.

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