Update August 5, 2020

Dhaka 1-13 am, 19-September, 2020

Bangladesh reports 33 coronavirus deaths, 2,654 new cases

Mirajul Moin Joy

Bangladesh reported 33 new deaths on Wednesday as the country’s officially confirmed cases inched towards 250,000.

The death tally now stands at 3,267. The country reported its first coronavirus death on March 18.

Currently, the fatality rate is 1.31 percent.

Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus cases on March 8. With the detection of 2,654 new cases on Wednesday, the country now has 2,46,674 confirmed cases.

Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr Nasima Sultana noted that 1,890 patients have newly recovered.

“So far, 1,41,750 patients have recovered and the recovery rate is 57.46 percent,” she said at a regular online briefing.

Eighty-six testing facilities of the country tested 11,160 new samples in a day. So far, 12,12,416 samples have been since March.

The daily infection rate and overall infection rate against the number of total tests have been recorded at 23.78 percent and 20.35 percent respectively.

Among the latest victims, two are aged between 31 and 40 years, four between 41 and 50, eight between 51 and 60, 10 between 61 and 70, six between 71 and 80, one between 81 and 90 and two others between 91 and 100 years.

Dr Nasima said 18 patients died in Dhaka, nine in Chattogram and three in Rajshahi division while Khulna, Rangpur and Barishal divisions recorded one death each in the last 24 hours.

As of Wednesday, men account for 78.79 percent and women account for 21.21 percent of total deaths recorded in the country.

At present 18,455 people are in isolation while 53,350 are home and institutionally quarantined.

Global death toll 700,000

Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a pandemic in March.

The global Covid-19 deaths surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The confirmed cases were at 18,540,119 in the morning.

The US has the highest number of cases (4,771,080) and deaths (156,801).

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has predicted that the effects of coronavirus will be felt for decades to come and urged everyone to learn to live the virus.

On Monday, he said a number of vaccines are now in phase 3 clinical trials but noted that there is no silver bullet at the moment, and there might never be.

“The message to people and governments is clear: do it all,” he stated, “and when it’s under control, keep going!”
A case was filed against nine people over the killing of Major (retd) Sinha Md Rashed Khan on Marine Drive road in Teknaf.

Sharmin Shahrier Ferdous, elder sister of Sinha, filed the case at Teknaf Senior Judicial Magistrate Court on Wednesday, said senior lawyer Mohammad Mostafa.

Suspended Inspector Liakat Ali of Baharchhara police outpost and Officer-in-Charge of Teknaf Police Station Pradeep Kumar Das were among the accused.

Teknaf Senior Judicial Magistrate Tamanna Farah asked the authorities concerned to submit the probe report within seven working days.

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will investigate the case.

Sinha was killed in police firing at Baharchhara police check-post on July 31.

Two people were arrested and two separate cases were filed in this regard, Superintendent of Police ABM Masud Hossain said Saturday.

The Home Ministry formed a four-member committee, headed by Mizanur Rahman, additional divisional commissioner (development), on August 2.

The authorities on Sunday suspended 21 police officers, including the in-charge of Baharchhara police outpost, in connection with the killing.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday assured the mother of Major Sinha of proper investigation into the murder of her son and the trial of his killers.

PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the Prime Minister called up Sinha’s mother and consoled her.

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