Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bangladesh still sees high corona incidence of 2,695 new cases, 37 deaths

Virus victims can be buried in family graveyards: DGHS

Bangladesh still sees high corona incidence of 2,695 new cases, 37 deaths

News Report: Corona victims can be buried under family arrangement in own graveyards, the health department ruled as Bangladesh still sees high incidence of the pandemic virus, with 2695 new cases and 37 deaths confirmed Wednesday. As many casualties and a higher number of 2911 cases of infection were reported the previous day. The daily death figure topped 40 on May 31. Fear of contagion from corona-slain person's corpse has created lot many episodes, and the hard facts led the health management to dispel such scare. "There remains no existence of virus in the dead body after three hours, and the disposal of a dead takes that much or more time. So, thereafter, family members can take and bury the body safely," said Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, Additional Director-General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), in a regular online briefing. In the latest 24 hours of count, 37 of the patients had died, raising the death toll to 746, she said reading out the statistics on corona cruelty that upended the set world order in all respects. The mortality rate is 1.35 percent in the country, she said. Bangladesh’s confirmed cases now stand at 55,140. Fifty labs tested 12,510 samples in the last 24 hours and the infection rate was 21.54 percent, she said, adding that so far, 345,589 tests have been carried out. Bangladesh’s confirmed cases now stand at 55,140. Bangladesh announced its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18 but it has withessed a sharp rise in both new cases and deaths in recent weeks. In May, 452 deaths and 39,386 cases were recorded. In March, the number of confirmed cases was 51 and six people were killed. In April, 160 people died while 7,616 confirmed cases were reported. In the last 24 hours, 470 more patients recovered, Prof Nasima said, noting that so far 11,590 people have made recovery. The recovery rate is 21.02 percent. In zoning the prevalence of the viral disease it was shown that Dhaka and Chattogram remain hottest spots. Nineteen died in Dhaka division, 13 in Chattogram division, one in Sylhet division, two in Rangpur division and another in Khulna division. “Thirty-one patients died at hospitals, five at home while another was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital,” she said. Meanwhile, 395 more people were taken into isolation while 137 were released. Currently 6,498 people are in isolation. During the same period, another 2,428 people were home and institutionally quarantined and 3,145 were released. At present 57,828 people are quarantined across the country. ‘Wear masks, follow health rules’ is the concluding message Dr Nasima urged the media to propagate. She noted many people are still seen going out in public without wearing facemasks. “Your safety lies with you,” she told the people. “We must use masks.” She said three-layer masks made at home with old clothes can help protect people from coronavirus. “It’s a key tool in fight against coronavirus." “If we spend Tk 1 for a mask, we’ll get benefits worth Tk 1,000 by keeping ourselves safe. But we must also maintain social distancing and hygiene,” the DGHS additional director-general said. Meanwhile, the number of globally confirmed cases went up to 6,377,596 while the death toll reached 380,205 in the morning, according to the Centre for System Science and Engineering of the Johns Hopkins University. JHU data show that Brazil has 555,383 confirmed coronavirus cases, the second highest in the world after the USA. The South American country lost 31,199 lives to Covid-19 till date. The US has the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths. It recorded 106,180 deaths and 1,831,806 cases so far. The UK has the second-highest death toll at 39,452, followed by Italy with 33,530, France 28,943 and Spain 27,127, according to Johns Hopkins University. Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11. With inputs from briefing, agencies

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