Bangladesh reports highest 786 COVID-19 cases

Record number of recoveries in a single day

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Bangladesh on Tuesday reported highest number of 786 fresh positive cases from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a single and one more death in last 24 hours.

The recovery count rose to 1,403 as a record 193 patients were discharged from the hospitals, health officials said.

As many as 5,711 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and now the number of infections stood at 10,929, DGHS Additional Director General (administration) Prof Nasima Sultana told a virtual media briefing at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in Dhaka.

The number of fatalities declined significantly during the time as one patient died, increasing the death toll to 183.

“The lone victim is a day labourer aged between 21 and 30 and he is a resident of Dinajpur,” Prof Nasima said.

Bangladesh confirmed the first coronavirus death on March 18, ten days after the detection of the first COVID-19 cases.

Among the recovered patients, over 1,000 patients were cured in Dhaka division and remaining patients in seven divisions in the country, the health official said.

Among the COVID-19-infected cases, nearly 75 percent patients are taking treatment from their homes, and many of them are being cured every day after receiving treatment through hotlines, she added.

She said another physician Colonel (retd) Professor Dr Moniruzzaman, the head of hematology department of Anwer Khan Modern Medical College Hospital, died of coronavirus on Monday.

Bangladesh reported first death of a physician, Dr Md Moyeen Uddin, an assistant professor of Medicine at the Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital, on April 15.

As of Tuesday, 98 deaths were recorded in Dhaka city and 40 in Narayanganj district.

Of the total 183 deaths, 138 took place in Dhaka division and rests are in other seven divisions, the health official added.

Nasima said COVID-19 cases were found in 63 out of 64 districts, meaning that almost all regions of the country are now risky for the fatal disease. “No coronavirus positive case is yet to be reported in Rangamati district,” she said.

She dubbed Dhaka and Narayanganj COVID-19 as “hotspots” as the maximum number of cases were detected in the two cities.

Of the total infections, 6,943 cases were reported in Dhaka division, 369 cases in Chattogram division, 316 cases in Mymensingh division, 150 cases in Khulna division, 130 cases in Barishal division, 180 cases in Rangpur division, 139 cases in Sylhet division and 115 cases in Rajshahi division.

The health official said a total of 93,037 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country, adding currently tests are being conducted at 33 labs in the country.


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