Bangladesh tops Italy in COVID-19 cases

Infections near 2.50 lakh, death toll reaches 3,306

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:54, Aug 06,2020 | Updated: 00:46, Aug 07,2020


Bangladesh on Thursday topped Italy in terms of detected COVID-19 cases to secure the 15th position among the worst affected countries

European country Italy was the source of novel coronavirus infection in Bangladesh, which reported the first cases more than a month after Italy.

Bangladesh reported the first three COVID-19 patients, two Bangladeshi expatriates in Italy and one of their family members, on March 8 while Italy reported its first case on January 31.

In the past 24 hours till 8:00am on Thursday, 2,977 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus taking to 2,49,651 the number of detected COVID-19 patients in Bangladesh, said National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine director Baizid Khoorshid Riaz in the daily bulletin.

During the same period, 39 people died of COVID-19 raising the death toll to 3,306 in the country, he said.

Italy is one of the worst coronavirus-hit countries with 248,803 cases and 35,181 deaths.

Although the death toll in Italy is much higher than that in Bangladesh, the former has almost recovered from its worst situation.

Italy has now only about 12,000 active patients while Bangladesh has 102,521 active patients as of Thursday.

On Thursday, Italy had 41 critical cases, but Bangladesh had 292 COVID-19 patients in ICU beds.

Bangladesh also lagged too far behind Italy in terms of test for COVID-19.

The number of tests per million people is 1,16,472 in Italy and 7,432 in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is now on the 15th top country in terms of detection of COVID-19 patients, but it is 154th country in terms of tests per million people.

The COVID-19 infection rate in Bangladesh also increased in recent days.

The weekly infection rate in the current 22nd week of infections is 24.78 per cent. It was 22.21 per cent in the 21st week and 22.81 per cent in the 19th week.

The rate of infection has increased since the beginning of August as public movement increased on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest festival of the Muslims.

The gross infection rate now stood at 20.38 per cent, which made Bangladesh one of the 10 top countries with a COVID-19 infection rate.

Dr Baizid in the bulletin said that among the 39 new deceased, nine died at homes.

The death of COVID-19 patients at home continues as 555 patients have died at homes and 31 have died on way to hospitals since May 17.

Baizid said that 2,074 more people recovered from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the number of recoveries to 1,43,824.

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