Bangladesh reported 11 more deaths from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 969 fresh positive cases in last 24 hours until today (Tuesday).
The death toll increased to 250 and the cases of infection stood at 16,660, 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 a total of 6,773 samples were tested at 38 authorised laboratories across the country during the period while the recovery count rose to 3,147 after 245 patients were discharged from hospitals.
Bangladesh confirmed the first death from COVID-19 on March 18, ten days after the detection of the first COVID-19 case.
Among the total infections, 18.52 percent patients have recovered so far while 1.53 percent died, the health 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 11 deaths, two are in their 70s, five in their 60s, three in their 50s and one in his 40s. Of the fatalities, seven are male and four female.
Of the deaths, five are in Dhaka city and the rest are outside the capital city, the health official added.
Nasima said COVID-19 cases were found in 64 districts, meaning that all regions of the country are now risky for the fatal disease.
She dubbed Dhaka and Narayanganj COVID-19 as “hotspots” as the maximum number of cases were detected in the two cities.
As of May 11, Dhaka city has been considered as the worst-affected with 59.27 percent of COVID cases while Dhaka division remaining at the top position with 81.28 percent infected cases out of total coronavirus patients, according to Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).
Of the total infections, 9,977 cases were reported in Dhaka division, 783 cases in Chattogram division, 452 cases in Mymensingh division, 229 cases in Khulna division, 151 cases in Barishal division, 323 cases in Rangpur division, 184 cases in Sylhet division and 176 cases in Rajshahi division, it added.
Among the COVID-19-prone districts, Narayanganj is the most hardest-hit one with 1,243 cases, according to the IEDCR data.
It was followed by Gazipur with 338 positive cases, Chattogram with 266 cases, Dhaka district with 234 cases, Mymensingh with 233 cases, Munshiganj with 216 cases, Kishoreganj with 205 cases and Narsingdi with 172 cases.
According to the age-group, 8 percent COVID-19 cases are in their 60s, 13 percent in their 50s, 18 percent in their 40s, 24 percent in their 30s, 26 percent in their 20s while 8 percent is above 10 years and 3 percent below 10 years, Nasima added.
According to the gender-based calculation of COVID-infected cases, 68 percent are male and 32 percent female, she said.
The health official said a total of 136,638 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country.
Meanwhile, the global death tally from the coronavirus pandemic reached 287,293 as of Tuesday morning. Since the first reported in China in December last year, coronavirus has so far infected 4,254,800 people globally, according to worldometer. So far, 1,527,144 people have recovered from COVID-19.