167 more die with COVID-19 symptoms in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:17, Jul 09,2020 | Updated: 02:19, Jul 10,2020


At least 167 people died with COVID-19 symptoms in Bangladesh between 28 June and July 4 as people continued struggling to test for the deadly virus.

The number of people died with COVID-19 symptoms reached 1,667 between March 8 and June 27, said a study.

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

The data was prepared as part of a study being conducted jointly by the Centre and Bangladesh Peace Observatory.

Of the 1,667 deceased, highest 515 died in Chattogram, 358 in Dhaka, 208 in Khulna, 193 in Barishal, 171 in Rajshahi, 91 in Sylhet, 74 in Rangpur and 57 in Mymensingh divisions.

The study also noted that 188 incidents of street protests relating to COVID-19 took place between July 4 and April 26 and 37 per cent of them were for wages.

It said that 25 per cent protests took place for aid, 21 per cent against the lockdown rules, demanding accountability, against lay-offs or for the waiver of rents or tuition fees.

A total of 6 per cent protests held for irregularities in relief and other food aid distribution programmes, 6 per cent for better treatment and proper medical equipment, 4 per cent against the bus fare hike and the rest 2 per cent against insufficient budget allocation.

The study said that 553 people were arrested during this time for their alleged involvement in relief misappropriation while 11,238 people were fined during the period for different irregularities related to COVID-19 relief distribution.

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