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Dataful creates visual on deaths with Covid-19 symptoms in Bangladesh

  • Published at 06:52 pm October 23rd, 2020
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FILE PHOTO: A health official uses a nasal swab to collect sample from a man for Covid-19 testing at Central Police Hospital in Rajarbagh, Dhaka on Thursday, May 21, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Comilla, Chandpur, Satkhira, Chittagong, and Khulna recorded the highest number of deaths with Covid-19 symptoms

Dataful, the first Bangladeshi data-based content portal, has created a data visual on deaths with Covid-19 symptoms in the country.

The visual titled “Covid-19: Mapping the Numbers in Bangladesh” was launched in a virtual event on Friday and showed a comprehensive picture of the deaths with coronavirus symptoms in the 64 districts of the country.

According to the data visualization project, a total of 1,936 people have died with Covid-19 symptoms in Bangladesh as of Friday. 

Comilla, Chandpur, Satkhira, Chittagong, and Khulna are the top five districts to record the highest number of deaths with Covid-19 symptoms.


Data visualization on confirmed cases and deaths with Covid-19 symptoms in Dhaka Dataful website

While launching the project, former Dhaka University (DU) vice chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, said data is currently the most useful thing in the world. 

“Accurate information will help commoners and the policymakers to make informed decisions about Covid-19,” he added.

Virologist Prof Dr Md Nazrul Islam said Bangladesh probably passed the Covid-19 peak from May 31 to August 20. 

He also said that journalists should be very careful while running stories on deaths with Covid-19 symptoms.

Journalist Gazi Nasiruddin Ahmed said a guideline is needed for the journalist on how to cover news during a pandemic. 

Also read - Covid-19 kills 14 more in Bangladesh, another 1,586 test positive in 24 hours

Dataful Founder and Project Lead Polash Datta said their team will continue updating the data visual in the coming days. 

According to the data visual, a total of 72 people aged between 0 and 20, 316 people aged between 21 and 40, 750 people aged between 41 and 60, and 70 people aged over 80 years have died with Covid-19 symptoms as of Friday.

The data visual was created with the help of Dutch organization Free Press Unlimited and it can be viewed at https://bdcorona.info

Death reports have been collected from eight Bangladeshi prominent media outlets -- Bangla Tribune, bdnews24.com, Daily Star, Ittefaq, Jugantor, Kaler Kantho, Prothom Alo, and Samakal.

The data visual also provides data on the confirmed Covid-19 deaths in the 64 districts of Bangladesh. 

As of Friday, a total of 5,761 people died due to Covid-19 and 396,419 people got infected with the virus in Bangladesh, according to data from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Globally, the number of officially confirmed cases exceeded 41 million with over one million deaths.

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