Update January 26, 2021

Dhaka 10-43 pm, 04-March, 2021

Bangladesh reports 14 COVID-19 deaths, 515 fresh cases

Mirajul Moin Joy

Bangladesh recorded 14 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 515 fresh cases overnight.

The recovery count rose to 4,77,426 after another 447 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said today.

“Fourteen more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 8,055,” the release said.

It said the tally of infections has surged to 5,32,916 as 515 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

A total of 14,401 samples were tested at 200 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.

Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 3.58 percent tested positive, while 14.87 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.

Among the total infections, 89.59 percent patients have recovered, while 1.51 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.

Among the 14 deaths, 12 are male and two female the press release said, adding one is in his 30s, one in his 40s, two are in their 50s while 10 are above 60 years.

According to the division-wise data, eight deaths took place in Dhaka division and rests are in other divisions.

Among the total 8,055 fatalities, 4,479 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,483 in Chattogram division, 460 in Rajshahi division, 547 in Khulna division, 241 in Barishal division, 301 in Sylhet division, 355 in Rangpur division and 189 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.

A total of 35,84,788 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 the COVID-19 patients, the government has introduced telemedicine services comprising 100 physicians for round the clock in the country.

A total of 7,06,980 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.

The DGHS said 2,34,60,371 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 January 26, 2021, 10:51 GMT, 2,151,569 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 100,351,416 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.

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