Bangladesh reports record 40 Covid-19 deaths as lockdown relaxes
May 31st, 2020 at 5:40 pm
Bangladesh reports record 40 Covid-19 deaths as lockdown relaxes

Staff Correspondent;

Dhaka – The highest Covid-19 death count coincided with the resumption of operations at public and private offices on Sunday after the authorities relaxed some of the measures imposed more than nine weeks ago to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

With the highest single-day fatality of 40, the death toll from the Covid-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus, rose to 650, according to health officials.

“This is the highest death recorded since the novel coronavirus cases were detected,” Nasima Sultana, additional director general of the government’s health services told an online news briefing about the fresh Covid-19 fatalities.

She also disclosed the highest number of infection in a day. According to her 2,545 new cases of novel coronavirus were reported in the last 24 hours ended on Sunday morning, making the total number of Covid-19 patients to 47,153.

Meanwhile, people started turning up to their workplaces as most offices reopened on Sunday beside recommencing of the long-distance travel by train and ferry services, where physical distancing is near impossible in one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

Bangladesh imposed the shutdown on March 26, nearly three weeks after the first three cases of novel coronavirus were reported, to slow the spread of the virus. Army was deployed to ensure social distancing.

Referring to the end of shutdown, Sultana said everyone should follow the health guideline for their own safety.   

“We are gradually retuning to normalcy as the lockdown is over,” she told the news conference in Dhaka asking everyone to wear facemask, use hand sanitizer and ensure physical distancing among other safety measures.    

She said the recovery count rose to 9,781 after condition of another 406 patients improved.

As the number of testing facilities increased, she said a total of 11,876 samples were tested in the last 24 hours at 52 labs, which was 50 until Friday.

Among the deceased 28 were from Dhaka division, eight in Chattogram division, two in Khulna, one each Rangpur and in Rajshahi divisions, according to the health officials who dubbed Dhaka, Narayanganj and Chattogram the “hotspots” of the virus.

Dhaka city has been considered as the worst-affected with 15,553 COVID cases, according to Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

In Chattogram the number is 2138 while Narayanganj 1944 cases, Cumilla 753, Munshiganj 658, Dhaka (district) 650, Gazipur 629, Cox’s Bazar with 508, Noakhali 478, Mymensingh 424 and Rangpur 409 cases.

A total of 3,08 9,30 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country.

According to the DGHS, a total of 2, 85, 172 people were kept at both home and institutional quarantine and 2,24,991 people were released from quarantine, while the number of people who are now in quarantine is 60,181.

It said a total of 629 institutions have been prepared across the country for keeping over 31,991 people in quarantine, adding nearly 5,529 people have now been kept in isolation.

The government has collected 2,4 70,002 PPE so far, of which over 21, 10,393 were distributed and 3,59, 609 are in stock.