Daily Covid cases surge to 4,636, positivity rate 19.21pc in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:53, Jun 21,2021 | Updated: 00:00, Jun 22,2021


The daily number of Covid cases soared to 4,636, hitting a new high in the past 68 days, in 24 hours until 8:00am on Monday.

The daily test positivity rate also jumped to 65-day high with 19.27 per cent of 24,057 samples testing positive for Covid-19 during the 24 hours.

Covid-19 also claimed 78 more lives across the country during the period.

Amid the rise in Covid infections, Khulna district will be put on fresh curbs from today for seven day, cutting the district from rest of the country with bus and railway communications suspended.

‘The situation is dire and Khulna will remain completely cut off from the rest of the country for the next seven days,’ said Khulna district civil surgeon Neaz Mohammad.

Faridpur also began enforcing weeklong restrictions on public movement and other activities in three of its upazilas on Monday.

‘The test positivity rate went up intermittently in late May and became stable at an even higher rate in mid-June,’ said Faridpur district civil surgeon Siddiqur Rahman.

The test positivity rate in Faridpur exceeded 50 per cent at times in June, he said.

The daily Covid situation report of the Directorate General of Health Services said that the test positivity rate in Faridpur in the 24 hours until Monday morning was 44 per cent.

Khulna division recorded the highest test positivity rate of over 40 per cent, followed by Rangpur with nearly 40 per cent, Rajshahi with 25 per cent and the rest five divisions with 15 per cent test or above.

Bangladesh conducts fewer tests every day than required and localised restrictions that are in effect in parts of Khulna, Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions, particularly in city areas, came much later than advised by the DGHS.

The test positivity in Dhaka division has more than doubled since late May with many of its districts reporting over 30 per cent test positivity for over two weeks.

Rajbari district had the highest test positivity rate of over 63 per cent in the country as showed by the daily DGHS report on Monday.

Tangail and Gopalganj districts reported 43 per cent test positivity each while Shariatpur over 30 per cent.

Kurigram district reported over 52 per cent test positivity while Thakurgaon and Dinajpur districts over 45 per cent each and Rangpur district over 30 per cent.

The test positivity in Bogura district was nearly 40 per cent while above 20 per cent positivity rates were found in Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Naogaon, Joypurhat and Natore districts.

New Age’s Rajshahi University correspondent reported that record 62 patients got admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital in a day in the 24 hours until Monday morning.

A total of 402 people are admitted at the 309-bed Covid unit of RMCH. 

The latest figures of deaths and cases took the overall Covid death toll to 13,626 and cases to 8,56,304, according to the daily health update of the DGHS.

The DGHS health update said that 7,85,482 Covid patients had recovered.

Fifty-six of the fresh dead were men while the rest were women.

 Government hospitals recorded 63 fresh deaths, private hospitals 9 while 6 others died at home.

Dhaka division reported 23 deaths, followed by Rajshahi division with 15 deaths, Khulna division 14, Chattogram division 11, Rangpur division 9, Barishal division 3, Sylhet division 2 and Mymensingh division 1.

Thirty-nine of the deceased were above 60 years while 23 were between 51 years and 60 years, 8 between 41 years and 50 years, 7 between 31 years and 40 years and 1 between 21 years and 30 years, according to the DGHS update.

Bangladesh last saw daily cases rise over 4,636 on April 14 when 5,185 cases were detected and the daily test positivity rate soared over 19 per cent on April 17 when it was 21.46 per cent.

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