Dhaka, Bangladesh
37 die, 2911 infected in 24hrs

Bangladesh counts latest leaps in corona test, infection, death

37 die, 2911 infected in 24hrs

Improving health management seen imperative

News Report: Bangladesh witnessed latest leaps in corona test, infection and death as health officials Tuesday confirmed 37 people dead and a record 2,911 infected in 24 hours. The highest number of confirmed cases and the second-highest deaths in a single day came out from the largest number of daily tests at 12,704. The figure of death from the novel coronavirus pandemic topped 40 on May 31 and then dropped to nearly half at 22 the following day, and again took an upturn to hit 37. Most health experts find a rhythm of the arithmetic of corona casualties with people's wider movement following the reopening from lockdown with their impunity towards strictly going by the set health-safety rules to avert contagion. As such, they see radically improving the country's health management as imperative. "There's no reversal now of the reopening of economic activities--what has to be done is improve health management," said Dr GU Ahsan, a former WHO regional adviser. Hospitals refusing to admit and treat patients, death during shuttling between hospitals, problems in administering oxygen to critical patients, a lack of reported coordination and so came into reference during live discussions to substantiste the urgency of improving corona-care and overall healthcare system. Another striking feature in the latest reckoning on corona incidence is the shift of the epicentre of the virus from Dhaka to Chattogram with the latter outweighing the former in terms of casualties. Dhaka division recorded 10 deaths and Chattogram 15. The biggest jump in coronavirus cases in a day with the detection of record 2,911 new cases in the span of 24 hours took the total number of confirmed cases to 52,445. During the same period, the 37 deaths due to deadly COVID-19 took the toll to 709. Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, Additional Director-General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), came up with the disclosure in its daily health bulletin. Dr Nasima, who is also the acting Director-General of DGHS, said the infection rate in Bangladesh was recorded at 22.91 percent Tuesday. Across the country, 523 more patients made recovery. "So far, 11,120 individuals have recovered from the disease." Against the total number of detected cases, the recovery rate is 21 percent and the mortality rate is 1.35 percent in the country. Among the deceased, 33 were male and four were female. "Some 28 patients breathed their last in hospitals across the country while nine died at their homes." Dr Nasima confirmed that in the last 24 hours, 10 died in Dhaka division, 15in Chattogram division, four in Sylhet division, three in Barishal division, two each in Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions and one died in Mymensingh division. According to the age-based statistics of 37 new victims, one was aged between 21 and 30, fourbetween 31 and 40 years, one between 41 and 50, 10 between 51 and 60, nine between 61 and 70, 10 between 71 and 80, and two morebetween 81 and 90 years. Dr Nasima reiterated that people must use face masks all the time outdoors to stop the spread of COVID-19. "We can use homemade masks made out of clothes as surgical and N-95 masks should be preserved for only those who are treating the coronavirus patients," she said. She, however, warned that those who have respiratory problems or unable to put on masks on their own should not use homespun masks for longer period. Across the country 388 more people were taken to isolation in the last 24 hours while 2,506 were home and institutionally quarantined during the same period. Meanwhile, the global death toll swelled over 3.78 lakh and cases over 64 lakh.

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