Three more people died of COVID-19 and 54 more people contracted the disease in the past 24 hours till 8:00am Wednesday, raising the death toll to 20 and the number of infected people to 218.
The Directorate General of Health Services disclosed the information at an online bulletin as the regular briefing on COVID-19 was stopped from Tuesday.
DGHS additional director general Sanya Tahmina and Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research director Meerjady Sabrina Flora announced the findings but no details about the deceased were provided.
IEDCR director Meerjady said that among the newly infected 54 patients, 33 were males and 21 were females.
Among them, 39 are from the capital, one in Dhaka district and others were from different districts, she said.
A total of 981 samples were tested across the country in the past 24 hours.
Meerjady said that among the newly infected, 15 are in the age group of 21-30 while 10 were in between 31 to 40 and 10 others were above 60.
Besides, seven were between 41-50, seven others were between 51-60 and five were between 11-20 years of age.
Sanya Tahmina said 988 samples were collected in the past 24 hours – 563 in the capital and 425 from the districts.
She said 111 suspected patients were now in isolation and 139 were in institutional quarantine.
Bangladesh on March 8 confirmed the first COVID-19 patient in the country and the first death from the disease was reported on March 10.
The number of infections is increasing day by day, including the single-day infections.
On April 2, the number of new infected patients was two, which increased to five on April 3 and nine on
The infections rate increased to 18 on April 5 and jumped to 35 and 41 on April 6 and April 7 respectively.
On Wednesday, the single-day infection rate reached 54.
COVID-19 already spread to 24 districts outside the capital. As of Wednesday, Dhaka city has 123 patients alone with nine patients each in Basabo, Wari and Dhanmondi.
Besides, Mirpur-2 has eight patients and Mohammadpur, Gulshan and North Tolarbagh in Mirpur each has six patients and Uttara, Jatrabari and Lalbagh each has five patients.
Outside the capital, Narayanganj has 46 patients, Madaripur has 11 patients and Gaibandha has five patients, Dhaka district (outside the capital) has five patients while Chattogram and Manikganj have three each.
DGHS on Tuesday said that they would not hold any more press conferences and would not answer questions from the press.
Analysing the data disclosed so far by the IEDCR, it was found that people of the age brackets 21-30 and 41-50 had highest numbers of COVID-19 patients in Bangladesh, although globally elderly people are found to be more vulnerable to the novel coronavirus.
Among the 218 patients identified so far in Bangladesh, 46 are youths aged 21-30 while 47 belong to the age group of 41-50. Besides, 37 are in the age group of 31-40 years, 33 are of 51-60 and 35 were above 61.
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