Twenty-eight more COVID-19 patients died and 1,764 others were identified with novel coronavirus infection in the 24 hours ending at 8:00am Saturday in Bangladesh.
With these figures, the country’s COVID-19 death toll hit 610 and total infections reached 44,608, said Nasima Sultana, additional director general of the Directorate General of Health Services, in its daily online bulletin on the COVID-19 situation.
The country’s first COVID-19 infections were reported on March 8 and first death on March 18.
The country passed the 84th day on Saturday since the first infections and entered the 13th week on Sunday (today).
The government has decided to lift the restrictions on the public movement and the operation of businesses and offices from today.
Nasima said that normal activities will begin from Sunday but personal and social hygiene practices were the only way to preventing the spread of COVID-19 infections.
She said that the DGHS issued a technical guideline for the prevention and control of COVID-19 at the social and institutional levels where the dos for the institutions and employees were incorporated.
The relevant institutions have been asked to ensure mandatory measures, including adequate facilities for washing hands, maintaining distance at the workplace, availability of thermometer and adequate disinfectants at the workplace, she said.
The restrictions on the public life are going to be lifted against the backdrop of record infections and deaths in the past week.
In the outgoing 12th week, 12,527 people were identified with COVID-19 and 158 people died of the viral disease.
The number of infections was 11,083 and that of deaths 138 in the 11th week.
Infections and deaths increased from the beginning of the 10th week when the government on May 10 eased the lockdown, reopening markets, malls, and mills and factories.
The number of infections was 7,225 and that of deaths 100 in the 10th week, while the infections in the ninth week numbered 4,980 and the deaths 39. In the eighth week, the number of infections was 3,792 and that of deaths 35.
Until April 30, the country’s COVID-19 cases numbered 7,667 with 168 deaths.
On Friday, a record 2,523 people were identified with COVID-19, but the number of detected cases decreased on Saturday with the number of tests done decreasing by nearly 1,500 on the day.
Nasima in the health authority’s daily bulletin on Saturday said that 9,987 samples were tested at the 50 labs across the country in the past 24-hour reporting period and 1,764 of them were found positive for COVID-19.
So far, 297,054 samples have been tested in the country, she said.
Among the 28 new deaths, 25 were male and three female. Two of them died at home and 26 at hospitals.
Eighteen of the dead were in Dhaka division, including 10 in the capital, seven in Chattogram division, two in Rangpur division and one was in Sylhet division.
Four of those who died were aged between 31 and 40 years, four others between 41 and 50 years, nine between 51 and 60 years, six between 61 and 70 years, three between 71 and 80 years and two between 82 and 90 years.
On Saturday, 5,529 suspected COVID-19 patients were in isolation.
Besides, 360 more patients were released from hospitals in the period after they showed no COVID-19 symptoms. So far, 9,375 COVID-19 patients have been released from hospitals.
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