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Covid-19: Nearly 44% of total deceased in Bangladesh were in their 60s

  • Published at 02:37 pm July 8th, 2020
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File photo of a Covid-19 deceased being taken for burial Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The country’s death toll stands at 2,197

Covid-19 is taking a high toll on the people over the age of 60 in Bangladesh, as the latest data shows 43.97% of the total death have been from this age group since the first cases and fatalities were recorded back in March.

The country’s Covid-19 death toll climbed to 2,197 on Wednesday, with deaths of 46 more people recorded since Tuesday morning.

Some 3,489 fresh cases were also confirmed between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, taking the country’s total number of cases to 172,134.

Prof Nasima Sultana, additional director general (administration) of the health services directorate (DGHS), shared the latest updates during the daily online briefing from Dhaka in the afternoon.

She said individuals who are 60 years old and above were the most vulnerable to Covid-19, as 43.97% of the total death were from this age group until Wednesday.

A further 29.09% of the total deceased were aged between 51 and 60, 14.75% were between 41-50, 7.15% between 31-40, 3.32% between 21 and 30, 1.14% between 11-20, and 0.59% were under the age of 10.

Globally, 48.7% of the people who died from Covid-19 are over 75 years old and 24.9% are aged between 64 to 74 years, according to Worldometer which provides real-time data on the world’s Covid-19 situation.

As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of getting severely ill from Covid-19 increases when people get older.

“For example, people in their 50s are at a higher risk for severe illness than people in their 40s. Similarly, people in their 60s or 70s are, in general, at a higher risk for severe illness than people in their 50s. The greatest risk for severe illness from Covid-19 is among those aged 85 or older,” says the US public health institute.

DGHS official Prof Nasima said that the total number of recoveries also climbed to 80,883 — or 46.96% of all infected — as 2,736 people recovered between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

22.26% test positive in 24hrs

During the same 24 hours, the country’s positive case rate against the number of tests was 22.26% — taking the positivity rate against a total of 889, 152 tests to 19.36% since testing started.

Prof Nasima told Wednesday’s briefing that around 15,883 samples were collected during the same 24 hours and 15,672 samples were tested in 75 laboratories across the country.

The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) in Dhaka now have another testing facility.

Division

Death rate

Dhaka

50.80%

Chittagong

25.99%

Rajshahi

5.01%

Khulna

4.82%

Sylhet

4.32%

Barisal

3.69%

Rangpur

3%

Mymensingh

2.37%

The mortality rate against total cases detected so far was 1.28% until Wednesday, said Prof Nasima.

Of the 46 who died since Tuesday, 38 were male and eight female. So far, 1,741 male patients and 456 female patients have died of Covid-19, which shows that male mortality rate is higher — 79.24% — than female mortality rate — 20.76%.

Twelve of the 46 were from Dhaka division, 14 from Chittagong, 9 from Khulna, 4 from Sylhet, 3 each from Rajshahi and Barisal, and 1 from Rangpur division.

The situation at dedicated Covid-19 hospitals

In the Dhaka metropolitan area, there are 6,305 general beds in dedicated Covid-19 hospitals and 4,092 of those are vacant. There are also 142 beds in intensive care units (ICUs) and 102 of them are occupied.

Other hospitals across the country have 14,945 general and 394 ICU beds in total; and 4,136 and 194 of them are occupied, respectively, said Prof Nasima.

Between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 445 patients were admitted to hospitals and 639 were released.

“Besides, a total of 11,764 oxygen cylinders are currently in use across Bangladesh,” she said.

Everyone can call the numbers 01313791130 and 01313791138-40 for information regarding hospitals, she further said. 

Prof Nasima also said that 792 people were taken into isolation since Tuesday, taking the current total of isolated patients across the country to 16,856.

Meanwhile, 2,691 people were quarantined at the time same, taking the current total of quarantined people to 62,998.

Looking back

The novel coronavirus, a strain later named Sars-CoV-2, had broken out in China's Wuhan city in late December last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.

On March 8, the country’s health authorities had reported the first three cases of Covid-19, the severe acute respiratory illness caused by the virus. The first fatality was recorded on March 18.

On June 10, Covid-19 deaths in Bangladesh had crossed the 1,000 mark, and on June 18, the number of total cases crossed the 100,000 mark.

On June 30, the country had recorded the highest number of deaths — 64 — in a 24-hour span till now.

On July 2, the highest number of new cases — 4,019 — in a single day till now was recorded.