COVID-19 daily infection rate nears 25 per cent in Bangladesh

Cases reach 2.39 lakh, death toll reaches 3,132

Staff Correspondent | Published: 15:00, Aug 01,2020 | Updated: 17:48, Aug 01,2020


COVID-19 infection rate keep fluctuating in Bangladesh as 24.98 per cent of the samples tested in the past 24 hours till 8:00am on Saturday were found positive for the novel coronavirus.

In the past 24 hours, 8,802 samples were tested and 2,199 of them were found positive for COVID-19.

With this, the number of detected COVID-19 patients reached 2,39,860 in Bangladesh.

Besides, 21 more people died fo COVID-19 in the past 24 hours taking the death toll from the new coronavirus to 3,132 in the country.

Directorate General of Health Services additional director general Nasima Sultana disclosed the information in the regular bulletin.

Bangladesh confirmed the first COVID-19 cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18. The country passed 21st week of infections on Saturday.

Although the Saturday’s rate of infection was highest for the past seven days of the outgoing week, the total rate of infections is on a declining trend.

The rate of infections was 22.21 per cent in the outgoing week, with detection of 18,682 cases and 84,131 tests.

The rate of infection was 22.81 per cent in the 20th week with 19,112 cases and 83,806 tests.

The 19th week witnessed highest infection rate of 23.74 with 20,937 and 88,209 tests.

The overall rate of infections stood at 20.23 per cent in the country.

Bangladesh is celebrating Eid-ul-Azha on Saturday. It is feared that the rate of infection might increase after Eid.

Health minister Zahid Maleque on Thursday also said that the rate of COVID-19 infection might increase due to the public movement during the Eid festival.

Nasima said that of the 21 COVID-19 patients died, one died at home and 20 died while undergoing treatment at hospitals. Of them, 16 were males and five were females.

The deaths from COVID-19 are occurring at homes on a regular basis. Since May 17, at least 534 patients died at homes and 31 died on way to hospitals, according to DGHS compiled data.

Nasima Sultana said that 4,181 COVID-19 patients were at hospitals on Saturday.

Of them, 320 were taking treatment at ICUs across the country.

On Saturday, 18,581 suspected patients were in isolation and 56,272 were in quarantine across the country.

So far, 1,36,253 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the country with the recovery rate of 56.81 per cent.

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