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Covid-19 fatalities First 1000 take 85 days, 2nd 1000 in 25 days

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Noman Mosharef :
Covid-19 has so far claimed 2,052 lives so far in Bangladesh.
The death rate was slow in the first 85 days since the virus was detected on March 8 and death on March 18. But it accelerated later as 2nd 1000 died in 25 days only.  
The health specialists have expressed their grave concern over raising the Covid-19 fatalities across the country.  
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University's (BSMMU) former Vice-Chancellor, Virologist and also member of National Technical Advisory Committee Professor Dr Md Nazrul Islam said, the death rate would be decreased if the health management improved. It is difficult to compare date ratio of Bangladesh with other countries because the situation of all countries are not similar.
The eminent Professor further said, it was possible to reduce fatality rate in the country if we can maintain the proper hospital management and ensure necessary treatment for the patients.  
 He, however, expressed dissatisfaction at the comments that the hospital management system was worst in Bangladesh. Not only Bangladesh, countries across the world also face serious challenge to cope up with the rising number of Covid-19 patients.  
On a daily virtual press briefing Director General of Health Service's (DGHS) Additional Director Professor Dr Nasima Sultana confirmed 2,738 new cases of virus infection in last 24 hours. With this, the number of total infections stood at 162,417.
She said, among the dead patients, 37 were men and 18 women. Of them, 19 were from Dhaka, 13 from Chattogram, eight from Rangpur, six from Khulna, five from Barishal, two from Sylhet, and one each from Rajshahi and Mymensingh division.  
Forty-one patients died in different hospitals and 14 at their homes.
According to the analysis of Covid-19 victims' age groups as of yesterday, the highest number of patients 890 or 48.73 percent were 60 and above. The age groups of 51-60 and 41-50 come next with respectively 28.90 percent (593) and 15.16 percent (311). Rest of the age groups stand under eight percent, such as- 31-40 with 7.36 percent (151), 21-30 with 3.51 percent (70), 11-20 with 1.20 percent (24) and under ten with 0.60 percent (13).
The gender-wise analysis of the victims stated that some 1,624 people who have died from Covid-19 are males and 428 are females, respectively.   
Out of 2,052 fatalities till date, 1,060 hailed from Dhaka division, 634 from Chattogram, 102 from Rajshahi, 88 from Khulna, 86 from Sylhet, 72 from Barishal, 61 from Rangpur and 49 from Mymensingh division.
"Some 13,965 samples were collected in the last 24 hours and 13,988 were tested in 68 labs across the country. So far 846,062 samples have been tested," she added.
Besides, 1,904 patients have recovered during the time, increasing the tally to 72,625.
The latest day's infection rate was 19.57 percent of the total tests, though the overall rate in the country till date was 19.20 percent..
Currently, 64,502 people are quarantined across the country - including 2,887 newly-quarantined individuals. A total of 312,530 people have completed their quarantine course.
The country is capable of accommodating 31,991 people at 629 institutional quarantine facilities across the country.
Nasima Sultana said, "The authorities placed 449 new individuals suspected of having Covid-19 into isolation, bringing the total to 16,715 after 14,157 left."
As many as 14,767,276 hotline health services were given by 16,414 trained and 4,217 volunteer doctors via three designated numbers, including 160,588 in the last 24-hour till 8am today.
Till date, a total of 742,329 thermal screenings were conducted at different ports, including 588 at three international airports, 148 at seaports and 88 at land ports in the last 24 hours.
As per the data provided by Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD), personal protective equipment (PPE) collected by the government has been 2,528,245 till date, of which 2,420,164 were distributed and 108,081 are left in store.
Dr Nasima further added that the number of general beds dedicated to Covid-19 treatment in Dhaka city and countrywide are respectively 6,075 and 14,775, while the ICU beds count for 149 in Dhaka metropolitan and 401 in the whole country. There are 11,785 oxygen cylinders, 207 high-flow nasal cannula and 98 oxygen concentrator available across the country.
However, only 7,113 general beds and 355 ICU beds are currently occupied by the patients receiving Covid-19 treatment countrywide.

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