1,874 die with COVID-19 symptoms since March in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 02:01am on July 24, 2020


At least 1,874 people in Bangladesh died with COVID-19 symptoms since March 8, the day the first coronavirus case was detected in the country.

People are still dying with COVID-19 symptoms as the struggle continues for testing and treating, experts said.

Dhaka University’s Centre for Genocide Studies, which monitors COVID-19 situation, revealed the data on Thursday.

The data was prepared as part of a study conducted jointly by the centre and Bangladesh Peace Observatory and CGS.

Among the 1,874 cases, highest 588 people died in Chattogram, 380 in Dhaka, 251 in Khulna, 223 in Barishal, 194 in Rajshahi, 97 in Sylhet, 82 in Rangpur and 59 in Mymensingh divisions.

The study also noted that 236 incidents of street protests relating to COVID-19 took place between July 18 and April 26 and 34 per cent of them were for wages.

It said that 22 per cent protests took place for the scarcity of food aids, 12 per cent against lockdown rules, for accountability, against proposed budget, for the waiver of rents and tuition fees, and 12 per cent against dismissals, factory closures and pay cuts.

A total of 12 per cent for better treatment and proper medical equipment, 4 per cent protests held for irregularities in relief and other food aid distribution programmes and rest 4 per cent against bus fare hike.

The study said that 591 people were arrested during this time for their alleged involvement in relief misappropriation while 11,899 people were fined during the period for different irregularities related to COVID-19 relief distribution.