Covid-19 spikes as deaths, cases hit single-day records

Deaths from Covid-19

Bangladesh recorded the biggest single-day spike of Covid-19 deaths of 22 in last 24 hours until today (Thursday), raising the total number of fatalities to 408.

The caseload also soared to 28,511 after 1,773 people, the highest in a single day, tested positive for coronavirus disease during the same period, a top health official said.

A total of 10,262 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, the highest in a single day, at the 47 authorised labs across the country, DGHS Additional Director General (admin) Prof Nasima Sultana told a virtual media briefing at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in the city.

She informed that the recovery count also jumped to 5,602 during the period after 395 patients were discharged from the hospitals.

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

Among the total infections, 19.47 percent patients have recovered while 1.04 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8, the heath official said.

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 22 deaths, one is in his 30s, two in their 40s, 10 in their 50s, three in their 60s, two in their 70s, two in their 80s, and two below 20.

Among the COVID-19 victims, the health official said, eight are in Dhaka city and rests are outside the capital.

According to the division-wise data, 10 deaths took place in Dhaka division, eight in Chattogram division and one in Mymensingh division. Nasima said a total of 3,792 positive cases with 35 deaths were reported from April 26 to May 2, 4980 infections with 39 fatalities from May 3 to May 9 and 9,225 cases with 101 deaths from May 10 to 16. According to the data of DGHS, Chattogram division, with 2,339 cases, has been identified as a “new epicenter” of COVID-19.

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