COVID-19 detection tops 10,000, 5 more die in Bangladesh

Emran Hossain | Published: 14:37, May 04,2020 | Updated: 23:54, May 04,2020


The number of detected COVID-19 patients topped 10,000 as record 688 people tested positive for coronavirus in 24 hours till 8:00am on Monday when Bangladesh entered into the ninth week of the outbreak.

The new detections took to 10,143 the number of detected COVID-19 patients, according to the health services directorate.

Five people also died of the viral disease in the 24 hours until Monday morning.

‘With the latest number, the disease so far killed 182 people in the country,’ said health services additional director general Nasima Sultana at a regular online bulletin.

The record of daily infection number is broken almost every other day with the country slowly increasing tests.

In the 24 hours until Monday morning, 6,260 samples were tested in 33 laboratories.

Nasima said that two new laboratories began testing samples in the past 24 hours.

The previous highest daily detection of 665 was recorded on Sunday.

All five of the new deceased were males — three aged above 60, one below 60 and the other one below 40, according to the health services.

Three of the deceased were from Dhaka while the rest two were from Sylhet and Mymensingh.

Males accounted for 73 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths, said the health services.

As many as 42 per cent of the deceased were aged above 60, 27 percent aged 51–60, 19 per cent between 41–50, seven per cent between 31–40, three per cent between 21–30, and two per cent below 10, said Nasima.

She said that the lowest number of people died of the age bracket of 10–20 and it was far less than 1 per cent.

Of those infected so far, 68 per cent are men while the rest are women, she said.

Bangladesh has tested 87,694 samples since the third week of January with the majority of the tests being conducted after April 5.

In the first month of the detection of the disease on March 8, the daily test number remained around only 50.

The low test rate outraged people and many with COVID-19 like symptoms complained that they denied diagnosis by the government, let alone treatment.

Nasima said that Dhaka division was the worst hit with 80 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 cases. Narayanganj is the worst hit area in the Dhaka division.

Cumilla is the worst hit area in the Chattogram division while Habiganj in Sylhet division, Jashore in Khulna division, Jaypurhat in Rajshahi division, Rangpur district in Rangpur division and Mymenisgh district in Mymensingh division, according to the health services.

Nasima said that 69,824 people called through government hotlines in the 24 hours until Monday morning, mostly complaining about COVID-19 symptoms.

People continued to enter Bangladesh through air, land and sea ports as the health services directorate screened 362 people at airports, 93 people at land ports and 118 people at sea ports.

Nasima requested people not to discriminate against COVID-19 survivors.

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