COVID-19 claims 43 more, infects 4,008in 24 hours in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:43, Jun 17,2020 | Updated: 23:41, Jun 17,2020


Detection of COVID-19 patients in Bangladesh reached 4,008 in 24 hours ending till 8:00am Wednesday taking to 98,489 the number of total detected patients as the infection kept spreading fast in the country.

The death toll from the novel coronavirus reached 1,305 with the death of 43 more people in the past 24 hours.

‘We have tested 17,527 samples in the past 24 hours at 59 labs and 4,008 of them found positive for COVID-19,’ said additional director general of health services Nasima Sultana in the regular online bulletin.

Of the 43 decreased, 27 died at hospitals, 15 died at homes and one brought dead at hospital, she said.

Death of COVID-19 patients at home kept rising as 209 people either died at home or brought dead to hospitals in a month.

Bangladesh passed the 102nd day of coronavirus infection since the detection of first cases on March 18.

The infection rate also increased further as it topped 22 per cent of the people tested in the past two consecutive days, up from about 20 per cent in the past three weeks.

Bangladesh is now on the 15th week of the infection.

The detection and death increased manifold in recent weeks.

In the past four days of the 15th week, 14,110 patients were detected and death of 166 was recorded.

In the 14th week, the number of detection was 21,353 and death was 293.

The number of detected patients and death was 18,418 and 236 in the 13th week, 12,530 and 158 deaths in 12th week, 11,083 and 138 in 11th week and 7,225 and 100 in the 10th week.

The detection started increasing from the 10th week after the government eased the restriction by opening markets, shopping malls and factories.

The number of detection and death was 4,980 and 29 in the 9th week and 3,792 and 35 in 8th week.

The infection and death are feared to climb on in the coming days as the government on May 31 lifted restrictions on the public movement, resumed public transports services, businesses and offices.

Nasima said that of the 43 new deceased, 28 were males and 15 were females.

One of the deceased was minor below 10. Of the rest 42 deceased, one was in 11-20, one in 21-30, four in 31-40, four in 41-50, nine in 51-60 years, 12 in 61-70 and nine were in 71-80 age groups and two were above 81 years.

On Tuesday, 10,752 suspected patients were in isolation, Nasima said.

She said that 38,189 COVID-19 patients were declared recovered, based on an estimation by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research.

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