The daily COVID-19 infection rate rose to 24.95 per cent in Bangladesh in the past 24 hours till 8:00am Monday although the number of tests remained low.
The Directorate General of Health Services urged people to go for tests, saying that people become ‘reluctant’ to test COVID-19.
Additional director general of health services Nasima Sultana said in the daily online bulletin that 12,423 samples were tested in the past 24 hours and 3,099 of them found positive for COVID-19.
In the past three days, the infection rate remained above 24 per cent, despite low number of tests.
The detection of COVID-19 patients rose to 186,894 in Bangladesh, with the overall infection rate of 19.61 per cent, Nasima said.
Besides, 39 more people died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours raising the death toll to 2,391 in Bangladesh.
‘People have become reluctant to test for COVID-19. Our sample collection booths are remaining deserted after 1:00pm,’ she said.
‘I would request the people to go for tests,’ she said, adding that fee was not applicable for the poor.
The government fixed fee for COVID-19 tests at the government labs from July, although it had been free of cost from the beginning, resulting in decline of number of tests.
Nasima admitted that the fee might be a cause of low turnout of test seekers.
In the past 11 days since July 3, the average daily tests fall to 13,659, including 12,423 in the past 24 hours, although the number of daily tests neared 20,000 in June.
Nasima said that among the new 39 deceased, 30 were males and 9 were females.
Five of them died at homes while 34 died at hospital, she said.
Of the deceased, 1 was below 10, 1 was in 11–20, 3 were in 31–40, 6 were in 41–50, 13 were in 51–60, 11 were in 61–70, 3 were in 71–80 years and 1 was 81 years.
Nasima said that 4,353 COVID-19 patients among 86,186 active cases were taking treatment at hospitals on Monday.
Besides, 17,371 suspected patients were in isolation and 62,211 were in quarantine.
So far, 98,317 people have been declared recovered, including 4,703 in the past 24 hours.
Bangladesh confirmed the first three COVID-19 cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18. The country is now on the 19th week of the infection and has passed the 128th day since the first detection of coronavirus patients in the country.
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