Health officials struggling with the rising number of Covid patients in the district
Kushtia General Hospital on Thursday morning reported 17 more Covid-related deaths in 24 hours amid an alarming surge in the number of new infections in the district.
Of the deceased, 10 were confirmed Covid patients while the remaining seven showed symptoms of the virus, said Dr. MA Momen, administrator of Kushtia General Hospital.
Besides, 232 people have tested positive for the deadly virus in the district in the past 24 hours.
"A total of 743 samples were tested during the period," he said.
The positivity rate currently stands at 31.22%, which was 29.21% a day before.
Moreover, a total of 289 patients are currently undergoing treatment at the hospital with Covid symptoms.
Dr Tapas Kumar Sarkar, the resident medical officer of the hospital, said that patients had to be treated on the floor and in the corridor as there were no more beds available.
"The number of Covid patients coming to the hospital is increasing every day."
Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Kushtia district’s Civil Surgeon Dr HM Anwarul Islam, said: “Total 743 samples were tested in the past 24 hours. Of them, 232 were positive with an infection rate of 31.22%.”
So far, 9,664 people have been infected with the virus in the district, while the death toll from Covid topped 286, informed the civil surgeon adding that a total of 6,030 people have recovered from the infectious disease.
With the latest development, the number of active Covid patients in Kushtia now stands at 3,221.
“Of them, 265 are undergoing treatment at the hospitals and 2,956 are kept in home isolation.”