Bangladesh reports 37 COVID-19 deaths
Live Correspondent: Bangladesh today recorded 37 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 2,772 fresh cases overnight.
The recovery count rose to 1,25,683 after another 1,801 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a top health official said.
“Thirty-seven more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 2,965,” Additional Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Nasima Sultana told a virtual media briefing at DGHS in the city this afternoon.
She said the tally of infections has surged to 2,26,225 as 2,772 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.
The health official also informed that a total of 12,859 samples were tested at 81 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.
Among the total infections, 55.56 percent patients have recovered, while 1.31 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8, she said.
Nasima dubbed Dhaka, Narayanganj and Chattogram as COVID-19 “hotspots” because the maximum numbers of cases were detected in the three cities.
Among the 37 deaths, 26 are male and 11 female, she said, adding, one is in his 20s, one in his 30s, seven in their 40s, seven in their 50s, 12 in their 60s, eight in their 70s and one in his 80s.
According to the division-wise data, 28 deaths took place in Dhaka division and five in Chattogram division and rests are in other divisions.
She said as of today, a total of 2,965 people — 2,332 males and 633 females — died from COVID-19 in the country.
Of them, Nasima said, 1,429 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 726 in Chattogram division, 174 in Rajshahi division, 208 in Khulna division, 112 in Barishal division, 140 in Sylhet division, 111 in Rangpur division and 62 in Mymensingh division.
She said a total of 11,24,417 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country.
The DGHS said in order to make treatment facilities easily available for COVID-19 patients, the government has introduced telemedicine services comprising 70 physicians and 20 health workers for round the clock in the country. As of today,1,34,400 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine, they added.
It said nearly 1.78 crore 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 July 27, 2020, 09.44 GMT, 652,604 have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 16,441,959 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.
Dhaka, 27 July (campuslive24.com)//IH