Bangladesh on Tuesday (Apr 13) reported 6,028 Covid-19 cases, second highest in a single day since its first detection on March 8 last year while the coronavirus claimed overnight 69 lives.
“The tally of infections has surged to 6,97,985 as 6,028 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours . . . 69 people died of COVID-19 during the period,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement said.
A total of 69 Covid-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, the highest number in over nine months, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 9,891.
It said 18.29 percent of the 32,955 samples collected in 24 hours were tested positive while the infection rate was only 2.30 percent just on February 8 this year as during the late winter season, the rate started decreasing sharply.
The samples are tested at 255 authorized medical laboratories across the country during the time as the government put in efforts to increase the number of testing centers gradually with resurgence of the pandemic.
The recovery count rose to 5,85,966 after another 4,853 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.
The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning, 83.95 percent recovered, while 1.42 percent died.
It said 41 out of the 69 died in Dhaka division alone and 43 of them were male while 26 were women and added three are in their 30s, seven in their 40s, 20 in their 50s while 39 are above 60 years.
Bangladesh recorded the highest number of Covid-19 fatality on June 30 last year when the virus killed 64 people in a day.
DGHS said the country logged over 5,000 Covid-19 cases for the three consecutive days as 5,181 cases were recorded on Mar 29, 5,082 on Mar 30 and 5,358 on Mar 31 while it 6,469 cases were recorded on Apr 1, 6,830 on Apr 2, 5683 on Apr 3, 7087 on Apr 4, 7,075 on Apr 5, 7,213 Apr 6, 7,626 on Apr 7, 6,8 54 on Apr 8, 7,462 on Apr 9, 5,343 on Apr 10, 5,819 on Apr 11, 7,201 on Apr 12 and 6,028 on Apr 13.
According to month-wise statistics last year, 51 Covid-19 positive cases were detected in March 2020, 7616 in April, 39,486 in May, 98,330 in June, 92,178 in July, 75,335 in August, 50,483 in September, 44, 205 in October, 57,248 in November and 48,578 in December.
The beginning of the current year witnessed a drastic fall of coronavirus cases in the country but the trend lasted for only two months — 21,629 cases were detected in January and 11,077 in February.
The month of entire March witnessed sharp increase of infection when the virus infected 65,079 people.
The DGHS said among the total 9,891 fatalities, 5,717 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,784 in Chattogram, 535 in Rajshahi, 620 in Khulna, 294 in Barishal, 342 in Sylhet, 390 in Rangpur and 209 in Mymensingh division.
The DGHS said in order to make treatment facilities easily available for the Covid-19 patients, the government has introduced telemedicine services comprising 100 physicians for round the clock in the country.
It added that 2,71,60,523 people received healthcare services from hotline mobile numbers and health web portals as the government formed a group of medical professionals to provide emergency healthcare services.
To receive information and treatment facilities on Covid-19, the contact hotline and mobile numbers are 16263; 333; 10655 and 01944333222.
As of Apr 12, 2021, 12:42GMT, 2,961,823 people have died so far from the Covid-19 outbreak and there are currently 137,393,550 confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
China is the world’s first country which on Jan 11, 2020 reported the first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province.