5 more die, 41 more infected in Bangladesh

DGHS chief gives no new test figure, 792 samples collected  

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:25, Apr 07,2020 | Updated: 01:44, Apr 08,2020

 
 

Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research director Meerjady Sabrina Flora speaks on an online briefing on Tuesday. -- video grab

Five more people died of COVID-19 while 41 more fell sick of the disease in the 24 hours until 8:00am Tuesday.

The number of infected patients has risen to 164 and the deaths from the infection have reached 17, said the Directorate General of Health Services in an online news bulletin on Tuesday.

Bangladesh confirmed its first three COVID-19 cases on March 8 and its first death from the virus on March 18.

The number of infections and deaths are soaring every day.

On Friday, the number of new COVID-19 patients was five. It rose to nine on Saturday, 18 on Sunday, 35 on Monday and 41 on Tuesday. 

Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research director Meerjady Sabrina Flora said in the online bulletin that among the new 41 infected, 20 were in the capital, 15 in Narayanganj, one in Cumilla, one in Chattogram, one in Keraniganj of Dhaka and three others in other places.

Among the new five deaths, two were in the capital.

Meerjady said that 28 of the new 41 patients were male and 13 female.

Age-wise, one of the infected is below 10, four are between 11 and 20 year, 10 between 21 and 30, five between 31 and 40, nine between 41 and 50, seven between 51 and 60 and five are above 60.

DGHS director general Abul Kalam Azad said that 792 samples were collected in the 24-hour period but  he refrained from disclosing the number of tests carried out during the time.

The DGHS boss did not take any questions from journalists either.

‘We won’t answer any questions anymore,’ said the DG.

Azad requested people to follow the COVID-19 health rules.

‘Your protection is in your hands. Stay at home, maintain distance, and wear masks if you need to go out for an emergency, he added.

 

COVID-19 Situation in Bangladesh. Source: Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research

 

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