COVID-19 claims 33, infects 3,163 in Bangladesh

Recovery rate lower than in India, Pakistan, Brazil, Russia

Manzur H Maswood | Published: 14:49, Jul 14,2020 | Updated: 00:16, Jul 15,2020


The COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh have reached 1,90,057, including 3,163 new cases recorded in the 24-hour period ending at 8:00am Tuesday, while over 1.03 lakh of them have recovered so far. Currently the recovery rate is 54.31 per cent.

Till date, 2,424 COVID-19 patients have died in the country, including 33 in the past 24 hours.

Directorate General of Health Services additional director general Nasima Sultana on Tuesday said that 1,03,227 COVID-19 patients recovered in the country, including 4,910 in the 24 hours, resulting in the total recovery rate of 54.31 per cent.

Bangladesh does not confirm the recovery from the coronavirus infection through confirmatory tests demonstrating negative infection.

‘We are not declaring the recovery of patients after confirmatory tests,’ Nasima told New Age on Sunday.

The recovery rate was 2.11 per cent until May 1 in the country but later the rate made a huge leap after the government announced that the patients could be declared without confirmatory tests showing negative infection.

The DGHS now declares a patient recovered when they do not show symptoms of the infection.

On June 1, the recovery rate stood at 21.39 per cent and the rate almost doubled to 41.61 per cent on the first day of July.

The country witnessed a sudden spike in recovery on June 15 as the DGHS declared that 15,297 people made full recovery on the day, which remains the highest single-day recovery figure till now.

In the past few days, the daily recovery numbers ranged between 5,500 and 3,000.

Despite the sudden surge in recovery, the rate in Bangladesh is still far less than that in the worst-affected countries, including India, Pakistan, Brazil and Russia.

The COVID-19 recovery rate in India is 62.99 per cent, while it is 67.29 per cent in Pakistan, 64.28 per cent in Brazil and 69.31 per cent in Russia.

In the USA, the most affected country in the world in terms of COVID-19 situation, the rate of recovery is 44.53 per cent.

The patients that are taking treatment at hospitals are also declared recovered by the DGHS, although it remains unclear as to how they are declared recovered when no confirmatory tests are done.

While declaring the number of recoveries, Nasima on June 15 said that the figure was ‘estimated’ and they included those hospitalised and those taking treatment at home.

More than 90 per cent of COVID-19 patients take treatment at home, leaving hospital beds, dedicated for COVID-19 treatment, abandoned.

On Tuesday, 84,406 coronavirus cases were active but only 4,676 of them were in hospitals with the rest at home, according to the DGHS.

Many COVID-19 patients died at home without being followed up by doctors from the DGHS.

At least 473 COVID-19 patients died at home or on the way to hospital since May 17, according to the DGHS records.

Virologist Nazrul Islam said that the questionable patient management system of the DGHS was resulting in deaths of patients at home.

He also pointed out again that the patients staying at home were not being followed up and were not being declared recovered on confirmatory tests.

The utter mismanagement of COVID-19 patients has increased the risk of the virus spreading to other people, said Nazrul, a former vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

He observed that the flawed management would eventually prolong the stay of the virus in the country.

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