The country witnessed a leap in the death from the novel coronavirus as 64 people died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours till 8:00am Tuesday, 42 per cent up from Monday’s 45 death.
The previous highest death in a day was 53 on June 16.
The death of 64 in the past 24 hours took to 1,847 the death toll from COVID-19 in Bangladesh, Directorate General of Health Services additional director general Nasima Sultana said in the daily online bulletin.
In the past 24 hours, 3,682 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the detection to 145,483 in Bangladesh, she said.
Epidemiologist and former Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research chief scientific officer Mushtuq Husain said that the detection and death would keep rising unless measures were taken to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.
‘We could not accommodate patients if the infection keeps rising,’ he said.
Mushtuq said that Bangladesh was slow in taking measures like early detection of patients, their isolation, quarantine of their contacts and social distancing.
The death and infection increased in Bangladesh after the government had eased the restrictions on public movement on May 31.
The daily infection rate has been sustained between 20 and 23 per cent since the beginning of June.
Virologist Nazrul Islam said that the increase of patients was apprehended since the restrictions on movement were eased despite the prevalence of rising trend of infection.
He said that the ongoing area-wise lockdown categorising as red, yellow and green zones was not being enforced properly.
‘We are witnessing re-emergence of infection after reopening in different countries…We’ve to think about it now,’ said Nazrul, also former vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
Nasima in her bulletin said that 13 of the 64 new deceased died at home.
The health services advised COVID-19 patients to stay at home if not critical, but the death at home increased significantly.
Since May 17, at least 346 have died of COVID-19 at home, according to the health services data.
Of the 64 new deaths, 52 were males and 12 were females and 37 of them were between 51 to 70 years.
On Tuesday, 15,145 suspected patients were in isolation while 64,667 were in quarantine.
Besides, 1,844 more patients were declared recovered in the past 24 hours. There are now 84,012 COVID-19 cases active in the country.
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