Update October 24, 2020

Dhaka 7-37 am, 04-December, 2020

Bangladesh reports 19 COVID-19 deaths, 1,094 fresh cases

Mirajul Moin Joy

Bangladesh today recorded 19 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 1,094 fresh cases overnight.

The recovery count rose to 3,13,563 after another 1,498 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said today.

“Nineteen more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 5,780” the release said.

It said the tally of infections has surged to 3,97,507 as 1,094 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

A total of 10,998 samples were tested at 111 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.

Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 9.95 percent tested positive, while 17.69 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.

Among the total infections, 78.88 percent patients have recovered, while 1.45 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.

Among the 19 deaths, 17 are male and two female, the press release said, adding, one is in his 20s, one in his 30s, four are in their 40s, three in their 50s while 10 are above 60 years.

According to the division-wise data, 13 deaths took place in Dhaka division and rests are in other divisions.

Among the total 5,780 deaths, 2,976 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,153 in Chattogram division, 369 in Rajshahi division, 463 in Khulna division, 197 in Barishal division, 241 in Sylhet division, 260 in Rangpur division and 121 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.

A total of 22,46,486 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.

As of October 23, a total of 4,99,291 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.

The DGHS said 2,20,14,315 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 October 24, 2020, 10:17 GMT, 1,150,263 have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 42,557,858 currently 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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