Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bangladesh confirms 2,635 new cases, 35 deaths

Lower corona tests, higher deaths

Bangladesh confirms 2,635 new cases, 35 deaths

Oxygen crunch increases casualties

News Report: Lower tests than previous day's even found higher daily deaths at 35 Saturday as reports attributed increase in casualties in Bangladesh from the coronavirus pandemic to short supply of lifesaving oxygen. The country saw the latest spike in the COVID-19 cases as the health authorities confirmed the detection of 2,635 new cases across the country in the last 24 hours, with 35 deaths. During the period, 12,486 samples were tested in 50 labs, lower than Friday's 14,088 tests. On Friday, 2828 cases with 30 casualties were confirmed. Reports say and officials concede that many more with asymptomatic and even symptomatic cases of infection might go unaccounted for because of limited testing facilities and, on the other hand, larger mass movement following the reopening. And reports from Chattogram and Cox's Bazar hotspots said there have been crises of ICU and oxygen that result in death of some people with corona symptoms who are not tested posthumously and go unregistered. "Yes, I do agree with you that testes have yet to be enhanced to requisite level to gauge the actual cases," said Prof Dr Yusuf Fakir, Additional DG of the health directorate, to leading questions at a live talk on Saturday night. He said steps were being taken to enhance the capacity, as he quoted predictions that the corona prevalence could hit the peak in the third seek of this month. In view of the scenarios, the government began zoning of the country as red, yellow and green and enforcing area-based lockdown in the red. The latest detections took the total counted cases to 63,026 and the 35 more deaths raised the death in the country toll to 846. The global toll from the pandemic was about to hit 4-lakh mark while the cases 68 lakh. Additional Director-General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Nasima Sultana came up with the disclosure in its daily health-bulletin recitation, which experts feel could better be presented "graphically". In the last 24 hours, 50 coronavirus-testing laboratories across the country tested 12,486 samples, she added. The detection rate of new patients on Saturday has been recorded at 21.10 percent. During the same period, 521 more patients made recovery, she said, adding that so far 13,325 people have recovered from the disease. Against the total number of detected cases, the recovery rate is 21.14 percent and the mortality rate is 1.34 percent in the country. Dr Nasima pointed out that based on the reports collected so far, 77.06 percent of the deceased are male and 22.94 percent are female. Among the dead, 28 were male and seven were female. "Their age-based analysis says, two were aged between 11 and 20 years, three between 21 and 30, two between 31 and 40, three between 41 and 50, 10 between 51 and 60, five between 61 and 70, nine between 71 and 80 and one was aged between 81 and 90 years," Dr Nasima said. Twenty patients died in Dhaka division, eight in Chattogram division, two in Sylhet, three in Rajshahi division and two more died in Barishal division. "Twenty-five of them died in hospitals across the country and nine died at home while another was declared dead upon arrival at a hospital," she added. Dr Nasima reiterated that men still account for 71 percent of total infected in the country and 29 percent of them are women. TMSS Medical College in Bogura is the latest in the country to start RT-PCR test while Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University refrained from testing due to laboratory-cleaning procedures. Across the country, 314 more people were taken to isolation in the last 24 hours while 98 were released. Currently, 7,162 people are in isolation. During the same period, 1,789 people were home and institutionally quarantined and 2,811 were released. At present 56,297 people are in quarantine across the country. With inputs from briefing, media talks, agencies

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