Update January 23, 2021

Dhaka 9-36 pm, 04-March, 2021

Bangladesh reports 22 more COVID-19 deaths, 436 new cases

Mirajul Moin Joy

Bangladesh today recorded 436 fresh novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the lowest since April last.

“The tally of infections has surged to 5,31,326 as 436 new cases, the lowest since April last, were confirmed in the last 24 hours,” a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said today.

It, however, said 22 more COVID-19 patients died during the period, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 8,003.

The release said recovery count rose to 4,75,899 after another 338 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the time.

A total of 11,115 samples were tested at 200 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.

Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 3.92 percent tested positive, while 15 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.

Among the total infections, 89.57 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 22 deaths, 17 are male and five female the press release said, adding one is in his 20s, one in his 30s, six are in their 50s while 13 are above 60 years and one is between 11 to 20 years.

According to the division-wise data, 18 deaths took place in Dhaka division and rests are in other divisions.

Among the total 8,003 fatalities, 4,452 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,466 in Chattogram division, 456 in Rajshahi division, 545 in Khulna division, 241 in Barishal division, 301 in Sylhet division, 355 in Rangpur division and 187 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.

A total of 35,41,389 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 7,04,126 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.

The DGHS said 2,34,40,659 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 23, 2021, 10:35 GMT, 2,118,140 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 98,821,401 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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