Update July 29, 2020

Dhaka 2-49 am, 19-September, 2020

Bangladesh reports 35 deaths; 3,009 new cases

Mirajul Moin Joy

Bangladesh recorded 35 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours until Wednesday morning, pushing the official death tally to 3,035.

The current mortality rate is 1.31 percent.

“We’ve detected 3,009 new cases after testing 14,127 samples,” Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana told a regular online briefing.

Currently, the total number of officially confirmed cases stands at 2,32,194.

The number of tests has come down but the number of cases continues to rise. In the last 24 hours, 14,127 tests were conducted. So far, the government says 11,51,258 samples have been tested and 20.17 percent of them total tests have turned out positive.

Wednesday’s infection rate was recorded at 21.3 percent.

Prof Nasima said 2,878 people have recovered in the last 24 hours. The total number of recoveries in the country rose to 1,30,292 or 56.11 percent of the total cases.

Bangladesh is currently ranked as the 16th worst-hit country. The country reported its first coronavirus cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.

Meanwhile, among the new deceased, 30 were men and five were women. Twenty-nine of them died at hospitals and six at home.

“Fourteen died in Dhaka division, eight in Chattogram, eight in Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Rangpur divisions, one in Mymensingh and four more died in Barishal division,” Dr Nasima said.

One of them was aged between 21 and 30 years, one between 31 and 40, six between 41 and 50, seven between 51 and 60, 12 between 61 and 70, seven between 71 and 80 and one other aged between 81 and 90 years.

At present, 18,669 people are in isolation – 57,244 at home and institutionally quarantined.

‘Coronavirus one big wave’

WHO has described the Covid-19 as ‘first wave’, not just seasonal. The UN health agency said the Covid-19 virus is likely not impacted by the changing seasons like other respiratory diseases.

It also urged to take measures for physical distancing to stop it from spreading.

WHO spokesperson Dr Margaret Harris said the season does not seem to be affecting the transmission of this virus.

“What is affecting the transmission is mass gatherings, it’s people coming together, and people not social distancing, not taking the precautions to ensure they are not in close contact,” she said.

Harris said “it’s going to be one big wave” and that it’s “going to go up and down a bit …the best thing is to flatten it”.

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

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday said the global COVID-19 cases had doubled over the past six weeks. At a virtual press conference, he said that almost 16 million cases have now been reported to WHO, with more than 640,000 deaths worldwide.

“This is the sixth time a global health emergency has been declared under the International Health Regulations, but it is easily the most severe,” he said.

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