Dhaka – Bangladesh reported five more deaths from novel coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours ended on Sunday morning, rising the death toll to 145, health officials said.
The South Asian country diagnosed 418 more people infected with the deadly virus during this period making the total Covid-19 patients to 5,416, according to Nasima Sultana, one of the additional director at the health directorate.
She said nine patients were cured from the disease over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 122 since Bangladesh reported its first three cases of virus on March 8.
Most of the patients are getting treatment at their homes and many patients are being cured every day after receiving treatment from there, she added.
The health official said among the five fatalities, one is child age below 10 years, while three in their 50s and one in his 60s. Of them. Four are in Dhaka city and one in Dhohar.
Nasima said Bangladesh is witnessing a rapid rise of coronavirus cases since March 24 as 5410 people tested positive for the virus during the time while the number was only 6 from March 8 to March 23.
She said a total of 46,589 samples have so far been tested since the detection of first COVID-19 cases in the country, adding: “We tested 3476 samples in the past 24 hours.”
At present, there are 25 labs in the country for testing samples of COVID-19. Three more labs will be set up within a week, Nasima said adding that the virus had been found in 60 districts meaning that almost all regions of the country are now risky for the fatal disease.
Analyzing the area-based transmission of the fatal disease, the health official said coronavirus positive cases have alarmingly increased in Gazipur, Mymensingh, Munshiganj, Chattogram, Narsingdi and Keraniganj.
She dubbed Dhaka and Narayanganj COVID-19 as “hotspots” as the maximum number of cases were detected in the two cities.
Nasima said Dhaka city has been considered the worst-affected with nearly 45 percent of COVID cases, while Dhaka division has remained top position with over 80 percent infected cases out of total coronavirus patients.
In Dhaka city, ten areas – Rajarbagh, Mohammadpur, Lalbagh, Jatrabari, Bangsal, Chakbazar, Mirpur, Uttara, Tejgaon and Mahakhali – have been identified the worst hit as the maximum number cases were found in those areas.
According to the age-group, 10 percent COVID-19 cases are in their 60s, 15 percent in their 50s, 18 percent in their 40s, 22 percent in their 30s, 24 percent in their 20s while eight percent is above 10 years and 3 percent below 10 years.
As coronavirus outbreak is on the rising trend in the country, the government has intensified its efforts including further extending general holidays till May 5, collecting quality logistics medical materials and increasing healthcare facilities to fight the pandemic.
“We have sufficient stock of testing kits… the government is importing testing kits on regular basis as it is very essential medical tool to determine coronavirus cases,” Sultana said.
She mentioned that two types of kits are needed for confirmation process of COVID-19 positive. “Among them, one type is used for collecting samples of the suspected virus cases while another type is used at COVID-19 testing labs,” she explained.
The health official termed all people are COVID-19 fighters, saying physicians, nurses, health workers and medical technologists are the frontliners to battle the pandemic.
Medical professionals alongside other people are working relentlessly to deal the COVID-19 patients and curbe the spread of deadly virus, she said, adding many of them have already been infected by it.
Nearly 1.74 lakh people were kept at both home and institutional quarantine and nearly 97,132 people were released from quarantine, while the number of people who are currently remain in quarantine is 79,899, according to government count.
It said a total of 601 institutions have been prepared across the country for keeping over 30,635 people in quarantine, adding nearly 11,64 people have now been kept in isolation.
The health service organization said as part of taking preventative measures to stop imported cases of COVID-19, the authorities of all gateways, including airports, land ports and waterways, are continuing screening of all foreign returnees.
The government is strictly maintaining standard of all kinds of protective equipment including PPE, surgical masks and gloves to ensure safety of medical professionals.
It said in case of critical COVID-19 patients, special facilities including oxygen, ICU and dialysis units are needed in hospitals. At present, the country has 192 ICUs and 40 dialysis units, they added.
The directorate sources said till today, nearly 33,91,011 people received healthcare services from hotline mobile numbers and health web portals as the government formed a group of medical professionals to provide emergency health services.