Update August 4, 2020

Dhaka 1-28 am, 19-September, 2020

Bangladesh reports 50 new deaths, 1,918 new cases

Mirajul Moin Joy

Bangladesh confirmed 50 more deaths from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours until Tuesday morning, the highest since July 26.

Less than 80 deaths were reported in the last three days. The death tally now stands at 3,234.

“The mortality rate has gone up to 1.33 percent,” Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told a regular online briefing.

Meanwhile, 1,918 new cases were detected after testing 7,712 samples. The daily infection rate for Tuesday was 24.87 percent.

Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18. Currently, the officially confirmed cases stand at 2,44,020.

So far, 139,860 people have recovered – 1,955 of them in the last 24 hours. The health authorities say 57.31 percent of the patients have recovered.

47pc deceased aged above 60

Among the deceased, 2,504 are men and 680 women.

However, more than 1,500 of the deceased are aged above 60 years, official data show.

Among the newest victims, 35 were aged between 51 and 70 years. Forty-four of them were male and six female.

According to DGHS, 0.56 percent of the deceased are aged below 10 years, 0.99 percent between 11 and 20, 2.69 percent between 21 and 30, 6.56 percent between 31 and 40, 13.85 percent between 41 and 50, 28.76 percent between 51 and 60 and highest 46.6 percent of the deceased aged above 60 years.

The death rate in Dhaka and Chattogram divisions declined further on Tuesday.

“So far, 47.9 percent have died in Dhaka, 23.96 percent in Chattogram, 6.12 percent in Rajshahi, 7.33 percent in Khulna, 3.9 percent in Barishal, 3.83 percent in Rangpur and 2.16 percent died in Mymensingh division,” Dr Nasima said.

Since March, 2,549 men and 685 women have died of coronavirus.

During the last 24 hours, 29 died in Dhaka, five in Chattogram, four in Khulna, five in Rajshahi, four in Rangpur and three others died in Sylhet, Barishal and Mymensingh divisions.

Currently, 18,491 are in isolation while 54,116 are home and institutionally quarantined.

Also read: Masks help reduce COVID-19 transmission: Study

‘No silver bullet’

Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year. In March, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic.

The number of officially confirmed coronavirus cases has shot past 18 million with more than 690,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University. So far, 1,468,689 people recovered.

On Monday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that there is no ‘silver bullet’ for a vaccine against Covid-19. “There might never be,” he told a regular press briefing in Geneva.

He said a number of vaccines are now in phase 3 clinical trials, and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection.

“The message to people and governments is clear: do it all,” he said, “and when it’s under control, keep going!”

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