As many as 575 new cases reported in 24 hours
The southern division of Barisal reported 22 deaths from the coronavirus in the 24 hours to Monday morning, the highest single-day fatalities this year.
Among them, 19 died at Sher-E-Bangla Medical College and Hospital (SBMCH), two in Barguna and one in Jhalakathi.
Besides, 575 people were infected with the deadly virus in the division during this period.
Among the 575 fresh Covid cases, 216 Covid cases were identified in the Barisal district alone, according to divisional health authorities.
So far, 9,612 people have been infected with Covid-19 in the district.
On Sunday, the division recorded the highest single-day Covid cases at 710.
So far, some 22,684 patients have been identified in the division to date, and 15,938 have recovered.
Divisional Health Director Dr Basudev Kumar Das told the media that 352 patients have died of Covid-19 in the division so far.
According to SBMCH authorities, 47 more patients were admitted to the hospital in 24 hours till Monday morning.
Besides, 307 Covid patients are currently undergoing treatment at the corona unit of the SBMCH against the maximum capacity of 300.
SBMCH Director Dr HM Saiful Islam said that the hospital’s Covid Isolation Ward was currently filled to the capacity.
“We are discouraging regular non-Covid patients to come to SBMCH for treatment,” he added.
Meanwhile, letters were sent to the health ministry seeking additional ICU beds, he also added.
Dr Moniruzzaman Shahin, assistant director of the hospital and in charge of the corona isolation unit, said the Covid patients were mostly coming in rural areas already with severe symptoms.
Consequently, deaths with symptoms in the corona isolation ward were increasing, he added.
On a visit to the hospital, this correspondent found critical patients suffering in absence of high flow nasal cannula facility.
Rima Karmakar, who was admitted on Sunday night with Covid symptoms, could not get high flow nasal cannula till writing this report on Monday afternoon.
She was admitted to the fifth floor of the corona isolation unit where the central oxygen supply was not functioning yet.
Her relative Pankaj Kumar Gupta said her oxygen level had dropped to 39%.
One of the nurses on duty at that unit said that the central oxygen supply capacity at the ward was exhausted.