1,500 people with COVID-19 symptoms die in Bangladesh

Ahammad Foyez | Published: 16:50, Jul 02,2020 | Updated: 00:38, Jul 03,2020


At least 1,500 people died in the country with COVID-19 symptoms between March 8 and June 27 as people continue to struggle to test themselves for the deadly virus.

Dhaka University’s Centre for Genocide Studies, which was monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the country, revealed the data on Thursday.

The data was prepared as part of a study being conducted jointly by the Centre and Bangladesh Peace Observatory, a UNDP-funded research facility.

Of the 1,500 such deaths, highest 451 were recorded in Chattogram, 338 in Dhaka, 185 in Khulna, 170 in Barishal, 148 in Rajshahi, 83 in Sylhet, 70 in Rangpur and 55 in Mymensingh division.

The data showed that death with COVID-like symptoms increased significantly after the end of the general holiday announced to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The number of deaths with COVID-19 symptoms was increasing as people were denied treatment by many private hospitals and test facilities were not enough compared to high demand, Imtiaz Ahmed, the director of the Centre, told New Age.

He said that a delay in COVID-19 test report delivery was also a reason for the increase of deaths.

The daily tests should be increased to at least 30,000 immediately to prevent deaths without a test, he said.

The study also noted that 172 incidents of pandemic-related street protests took place between June 27 and April 26 and 41 per cent of them held for wages.

It said that 27 per cent protests took place for aid, 16 per cent against the lockdown rules, demanding accountability, against lay-offs or for the waiver of rents or tuition fees.

A total of six per cent protests held for irregularities in relief and other food aid distribution programmes, four per cent for demanding better treatment and proper medical equipment, four per cent against the hike of bus fares and the rest of the two per cent against an insufficient budget allocation.

The study said that 544 people were arrested during this time for their alleged involvement in relief misappropriation while 11,028 people were fined during the period for different irregularities related to COVID-19 relief distribution.

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