Staff Correspondent: Bangladesh today reported 1,873 fresh positive cases from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a single-day record, raising the tally of infections to 32,078.
“The fatalities from the pandemic also surged to 452 as 20 more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours,” DGHS Additional Director General (administration) Prof Nasima Sultana told a virtual media briefing at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in the city.
She said that a total of 10,834 samples, the highest in a single day, were tested during the period.
The health official informed that the recovery count also jumped to 6,486 in the last 24 hours after 296 patients were discharged from hospitals.
Among the total infections, 20.22 percent patients have recovered while 1.41 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8, the heath official said.
Bangladesh confirmed the first coronavirus death on March 18, ten days after the detection of the first COVID-19 cases.
Nasima said nearly 75 percent COVID-19 patients are taking treatment from their homes, and many of them are being cured every day after receiving treatment through hotlines.
She said among the 20 deaths, two are in their 20s, three in their 30s, three in their 40s, eight in their 50s, three in their 60s, and one in his 70s.
According to the division-wise data of the fatalities, four deaths took place in Dhaka division, eight in Chattogram division, Two in Rangpur division, two in Mymensingh division, two in Rajshahi division, one each in Sylhet and Khulna divisions.
She said COVID-19 cases were found in 64 districts, meaning that all regions of the country are now risky for the fatal disease.
The health official dubbed Dhaka, Narayanganj and Chattogram COVID-19 “hotspots” as the maximum number of cases were detected in the three cities.
As of May 20, Dhaka city has been considered as the worst-affected with 58.18 percent of COVID cases, while Dhaka division has remained at the top position with 76.54 percent infected cases out of total coronavirus patients, according to Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).
Of the total infections, 15,794 cases were reported in Dhaka division, 2,339 cases in Chattogram division, 689 cases in Mymensingh division, 412 cases in Khulna division, 163 cases in Barishal division, 613 cases in Rangpur division, 251 cases in Sylhet division and 373 cases in Rajshahi division, it added.
As of May 23, among the COVID-19-prone districts, Narayanganj is the most hardest- hit one with 1,666 cases, according to the IEDCR data.
It was followed by Chattogram with 1,340 cases, Gazipur with 561 positive cases, Munshiganj with 432, Cumilla with 425 cases, Dhaka with 475 cases, Mymensingh with 375 cases, Rangpur with 369 cases, Cox’s Bazar with 283 cases, Kishoreganj with 212 cases, Jamalpur with 175 cases and Narsingdi with 175 cases.
The health official said a total of 2,34,675 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country.
She said a total of 4150 isolation beds have been added to the healthcare services in Dhaka city. There are 13,284 isolation beds in the country and of them, 7,250 are in Dhaka city.
She said in case of critical COVID-19 patients, special facilities including oxygen, ICU and dialysis units are needed in hospitals.
At present, the country has a total of 399 ICUs and 102 dialysis units, Nasima said.
According to the DGHS, a total of 2,60,411 people were kept at both home and institutional quarantine and 2,052,59 people were released from quarantine, while the number of people who are now in quarantine is 55,157.
It said a total of 626 institutions have been prepared across the country for keeping over 31,840 people in quarantine, adding nearly 4007 people have now been kept in isolation.
The health service organization said as part of taking preventative measures to stop imported cases of COVID-19, the authorities of all gateways, including airports, land ports and waterways, are continuing screening of all foreign returnees.
The government has collected 2,406,427 PPE so far, of which over 20, 61,032 were distributed and 3,45, 995 are in stock.
The DGHS sources said till today, nearly 72,84,995 people received healthcare services from hotline mobile numbers and health web portals as the government formed a group of medical professionals to provide emergency health services.
To receive information and treatment facilities on COVID-19, the contact hotline and mobile numbers are 16263; 333; 10655 and 01944333222.
As of May 23, 2020, 09:47 GMT, 340,319 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 5,322,665 currently confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
China was the world’s first country which on January 11 reported the first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province.