More 879 test positive, 15 die in 24 hours
Barisal on Tuesday morning reported 879 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours, the division's highest single-day spike this year.
Of the new cases, 492 are from the Barisal district alone.
So far, 10,104 people have been infected with Covid-19 in this district.
Besides, 15 more people have died from the infectious disease in the division in the past 24 hours, officials said.
Of them, 11 died at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) and two each in Barisal and Jhalokathi districts.
Divisional Health Director Dr Basudev Kumar Das said that a total of 356 patients have died of Covid-19 in the division so far.
"Some 23, 563 active Covid patients have been identified in the division to date, and 16,128 of them have recovered," he added.
According to SBMCH authorities, 53 more patients have been admitted to the hospital in the past 24 hours.
Moreover, 311 Covid patients are currently undergoing treatment at the corona unit of the hospital.
On Friday, local authorities imposed a ban on the admission of general patients to SBMCH to ease the pressure on the hospital doctors.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 unit of SBMCH is scrambling for beds amid a sudden surge in cases in the division.
Though the authorities recently increased the number of beds from 10 to 300, the purpose has not been solved.
Contacted, SBMCH Director Dr H M Saiful Islam said: “It is impossible to run a 300-bed unit amid a shortage of doctors, nurses and other staff.
“At the moment, it is not possible to increase the number of beds in the corona unit due to a lack of support. We will now admit only critical patients."
Moreover, the diarrhea ward of Barisal General Hospital has been turned into a Covid unit to handle the deteriorating pandemic situation in the district.
"Admission of patients to the 22-bed corona ward started from Monday," said Dr Malay Krishna Baral, the hospital’s resident medical officer.