Bangladesh reports 22 Covid 19 deaths; 136,839 total recoveries
Adarshabarta desk :
Bangladesh today recorded 22 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 886 fresh cases overnight.
The recovery count rose to 136,839 after another 586 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a top health official said.
“Twenty-two more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 3,154,” Additional Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Nasima Sultana told a virtual media briefing at DGHS in the city this afternoon.
She said the tally of infections has surged to 240,746 as 886 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.
The health official also informed that a total of 3,684 samples were tested at 82 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.
Of the total sample test in the past 24 hours, 24.05 percent tested positive, while 20.24 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, Nasima added.
Among the total infections, she said, 56.84 percent patients have recovered, while 1.31 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.
The health official dubbed Dhaka, Narayanganj and Chattogram as COVID-19 “hotspots” because the maximum number of cases were detected in the three cities.
Among the 22 deaths, 17 are male and five female, she said, adding two are in their 30s, one in his 40s, eight in their 50s, nine in their 60s and two in their 70s.
According to the division-wise data, eight deaths took place in Dhaka division, four in Rajshahi division and rests are in other divisions.
Among the total 3,154 deaths, Nasima said, 1,505 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 765 in Chattogram division, 190 in Rajshahi division, 229 in Khulna division, 126 in Barishal division, 152 in Sylhet division, 119 in Rangpur division and 68 in Mymensingh division.
She said a total of 11, 89,295 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country.
The DGHS said in order to make treatment facilities easily available for COVID-19 patients, the government has introduced telemedicine services comprising 70 physicians and 20 health workers for round the clock in the country.
A total of 1, 54,199 people have so far received healthcare services from the telemedicine, it said.
The DGHS said nearly 1.81 crore people received healthcare services from hotline mobile numbers and health web portals as the government formed a group of medical professionals to provide emergency health services.
To receive information and treatment facilities on COVID-19, the contact hotline and mobile numbers are 16263; 333; 10655 and 01944333222.
As of Aug 2, 2020, 09.33 GMT, 689,187 have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 18,043,836 currently confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
China was the world’s first country which on January 11 reported the first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province.