Bangladesh reports 55 COVID-19 deaths overnight

Dhaka, July 7: Bangladesh  Tuesday recorded 55 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 3027 fresh cases overnight.The recovery count rose to 78,102 after another 1,953 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a top health official said.
“Fifty-five more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 2151,” 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 1, 68,645 as 3027 new cases were confirmed in the 24 hours.
The health official also informed that a total of 13,173 samples were tested at authorised laboratories across the country during the time.
Among the total infections, 46.31 percent patients have recovered while 1.21 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8, she said.
Bangladesh confirmed the first coronavirus death on March 18, ten days after the detection of the first COVID-19 cases.
Brushing aside the shortage of beds and ICUs for the COVID-19 patients, Nasima said there are 6075 beds and 149 ICUs in 16 COVID-19 dedicated hospitals in Dhaka city.
The country has a total of 14,775 beds and 401 ICUs for the COVID-19 patients, the health official said, adding there is no scarcity of ICUs and beds in the hospital for COVID-19 patients.
Nasima urged the people to abide by health rules to protect themselves from the infection of the deadly virus.
“We’ve to be aware more about codes … Health protection measures are the best remedies to prevent the pandemic,” she added.
She laid emphasis on maintaining three heath directives — wearing mask, physical distancing and washing hands by soap — to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Referring to latest health directives of the World Health Organization (WHO), the health official said the people must wear masks to protect themselves from infections of coronavirus and mentioned that scientifically cloth-made mask is equally effective to prevent the virus.
“We can reuse cloth-made masks after washing by detergents or soaps,” Nasima said.
She said nearly 75 percent COVID-19 patients are taking treatment from their homes, and many of them are being cured every day after receiving treatment through hotlines.
The health official dubbed Dhaka, Narayanganj and Chattogram as COVID-19 “hotspots” because the maximum numbers of cases were detected in the three cities.
Among the 55 deaths, 46 are male and nine female, Nasima said adding, two are in their 30s, six in their 40s, 18 in their 50s, 21 in their 60s and six in their 70s, one in his 80s and one is between 10 and 20 years.
According to the division-wise data, 27 deaths took place in Dhaka division, 12 in Chattogram division, and seven in Khulna division while rests are in other divisions.
Of the total 2,151 deaths, 1,127 are in Dhaka Division, 957 in Chattogram division, 107 in Rajshahi division, 97 in Khulna division, 72 in Barishal division, 91 in Sylhet division, 65 in Rangpur division and 52 in Mymensingh division.
As of July 5, among the COVID-19-prone districts, Chattogram district including city areas and Narayanganj including city areas are the most hardest- hit ones with 9,888 and 5323 cases respectively, according to the IEDCR data.
It was followed by Cumilla district with 3864, Gazipur district including city areas with 3713 cases, Dhaka district, excluding city areas, with 3329 cases, Bogura district with 3307 cases, Sylhet district including city areas with 2758 cases, Cox’s Bazar district with 2,613 cases, Khulna district including city areas with 2435 cases, Noakhali district with 2291 cases, Faridpur district with 2047 cases, Munshiganj district with 1944 cases, Mymensingh district including city areas with 1889 cases, Barishal district including city areas with 1552, Narsingdi district with 1280 cases, Brahmanbaria district with 1085 cases, Sunamganj district with 1062 cases, and Chandpur district with 1043.
She said a total of 8,73,480 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country.
A total of 3, 81,608 people were kept at both home and institutional quarantine and 3, 18,168 people were released from quarantine, while the number of people who are now in quarantine is 63,441.
It said a total of 632 institutions have been prepared across the country for keeping over 31,991 people in quarantine, adding nearly 16,873 people have now been kept in isolation.
The government has collected 25, 28,285 PPE so far, of which over 24,25,764 were distributed and 1,0,2081 are in stock, the DGHS said.
It said 1,51,034,39 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 July 7, 2020, 10.48 GMT, 541,488 have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 11,769,523 currently confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.