Covid-19: Bangladesh records highest ever 64 deaths in a 24-hour span as 3,682 more test positive

Staff Correspondent : Between Monday and Tuesday, 1,844 people recovered from the disease

Bangladesh has recorded the highest ever 64 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of Covid-19 deaths to 1,847 in the country.

A total of 3,682 more people also tested positive for Covid-19 between Monday and Tuesday, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 145,483.

Prof Nasima Sultana, additional director general (administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) announced the latest Covid-19 updates during the daily online briefing from Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon. 

She also said 1,844 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, with total recoveries now at 59,624. A total of 40.98% of all the infected made full recovery since the first Covid-19 case was announced on March 8.

In the last 24 hours, 18,863 samples were collected and 18,426 samples were tested in 68 labs across the country, of which 66 labs gave their results. Total number of tests conducted till date stand at 766,460.

The total numbers of infection rate till date is 18.98%.

Of the 64 deaths, 52 were men and 12 women.  

Of the total, 31 died in Dhaka division, 12 in Chittagong, seven each in Khulna and Rajshahi, and two each in Sylhet, Barisal and Mymensingh divisions, the DGHS ADG said.

She added that the mortality rate was 1.27% against total cases detected so far.

Prof Nasima said 449 more people were taken to isolation between Monday and Tuesday mornings across the country, while 544 were released. 

A total of 26,587 people went into isolation while 11,440 were released and currently a total of 15,445 are in isolation at the moment.

In the last 24 hours, another 2,542 people were put in quarantine and 2,834 were released. At present, 64,667 people are quarantined across the country.

Till Monday, 363,866 people were quarantined, and 299,199 released.

Hospitals and PPEs

“The government now has 140, 881personal protective equipment (PPE) in reserve. Till now, we have distributed 2,387,364 PPEs to frontline workers,” the DGHS official said.

Looking back

On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh had reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain which was later named Sars-CoV-2.

The country recorded its first fatality on March 18.

On June 10, Covid-19 deaths in Bangladesh had crossed the 1,000 mark, and on June 18, the number of total cases had crossed the 100,000 mark.

On June 17, the country had recorded 4,008 cases, which was the highest in a 24-hour span till Monday.

On June 16, 53 deaths were recorded, which is the highest in a single day till now.

The novel coronavirus had broken out in China’s Wuhan city in late December last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.

Until Tuesday afternoon, the fast-spreading virus infected more  10,429,791 people and claimed 508,630 lives in 213 countries and territories across the globe, according to Worldometer.

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