COVID-19 death toll 84, patients 2,144 in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:48, Apr 18,2020 | Updated: 01:30, Apr 19,2020


Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research director Meerjady Sabrina Flora speaks on a daily online bulletin on COVID-19 situation on Saturday.-- video grab

Nine more people died of COVID-19 and 306 more were infected with the novel coronavirus in the country as of 8:00am Saturday.

With the new figures, the death toll from COVID-19 rose to 84 and the number of infected people rose to 2,144, said Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research director Meerjady Sabrina Flora in a daily online bulletin on COVID-19 situation.

She said that 2,114 people were tested in the past 24 hours across the country and among them 306 people were found positive for COVID-19.

She said that eight more COVID-19 patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours.

Bangladesh on March 8 confirmed the first COVID-19 case and the first death from the viral disease on March 18.

Among the nine new deceased, six died in the capital, two in Narayanganj and one in Savar of Dhaka.

Their ages range: four in their 60s, two in 40s, and one each in 30s and 50s while another person’s age was not available.

Meerjady said that currently 564 people were now in hospitals and others were taking treatment from home.

Among the hospitalised patients, 11 were in the intensive care unit as they were in critical conditions.

Among the 306 newly infected, 32 per cent were from the capital. Among other districts, Gazipur, Narsingdi and Kishoreganj have witnessed many newly infected patients.

About 27 per cent of the newly infected were aged between 21-30 years, 22 per cent in 31-40 years and 19 per cent were in 41-50 years, Meerjady said.

Health Services additional director general Nasima Sultana said that the number of testing labs increased to 19, with the latest lab in Jeshore University of Science and Technology.

She said that people were not following the government’s instruction to stay at home which was increasing the risks of infections.

‘Stay home, keep yourself safe,’ she said.

Nasima further said that people having any problem to get treatment at health facilities could email to the Health Services. The email address is: [email protected]

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