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Tests, detections, deaths drop amid vacation

Tests, detections, deaths drop amid vacation

Daily infection rate against low tests inflates

News Report: A gradual squeeze in

traditional testing and hospital

treatments in Bangladesh has

prompted experts to suggest a recast

of both and a tumble-down now

worries them about a post-festival

resurgence in coronavirus cases.



The health authorities Saturday

unveiled the output of medical

combat against the rampaging

pandemic during the first 24 hours

of a three-day public holiday for

Eid-ul-Azha, showing 8,802 tests

conducted and 2,199 cases with 21

deaths detected.



All the three figures were lowest

in recent weeks, after hitting 18

thousand tests a day, daily

detections crossing 30 thousand and

deaths over 50.



Conversely, however, the daily

infection rate soared up to the

second highest so car, 24.9 per

cent, on the back of low tests

during the period.



The number of deaths reported was

the lowest in over two months,

since May 27. The overall death toll

in the country now stands at 3,132

by official count.



In the last 24 hours, government-

designated RT/PCR labs tested the

8,802 samples with 24.9 percent

turning out as positive. The

infection rate was the highest since

July 15, when 3,533 samples out of

14,002 tested positive for Covid-19

at a positivity rate of 25.2.



The overall infection rate in

Bangladesh now stands at 20.2

percent, with 239,860 positive cases

out of close to 1.2 million tests.



The number of tests sharply declined

on the first day of August, as it

did throughout July, even though the

proportion of tests coming back

positive continued to rise.



DGHS records show the number of

daily tests reported at the start of

July hovered around 18,000 (18,426

on June 30; 17,875 on July 1; 18,362

on July 2). The positivity rate at

the time was hovering in the early

twenties (20-22 percent).



Thereafter began the climbdown, now

hitting the nadir - 8,802 - for the

first time since the move to ramp up

testing in early April.



With the fresh cases, the total

number of infections so far in the

country stands at 239,807, said DGHS

Additional Director -General Nasima

Sultana in the day's routine

briefing.



Meanwhile, 1,117 Covid-19 patients

have recovered and the current

recovery rate is 56.81 percent. The

total number of recoveries stands at

136,253, she added. The current

death rate was counted as 1.31 per

cent.



Among the deceased, 16 were males

and five were females, while nine

were from Dhaka, three from

Chattogram, five from Khulna, one

from Rajshahi, two from Barishal and

one from Mymensingh division, the

DGHS official said.



Of them, two were within 11-20 years

old, one between 41-50, four between

51-60, eight between 61-70, five

between 71-80, and one within 81-90

years old.



A total of 771 people were put under

isolation across the country in the

last 24 hours.



Meanwhile, medical experts and

situation analysts are airing fear

of a resurgence in coronavirus

transmission following the scrambles

of last-minute eid exodus and rash

cattle buying for the fiesta.



As people are shying away from

"hassle-ridden" PCR testing method

and "losing trust on hospital

treatment process" following scams

and complicacy, leading doctors

suggest permitting rapid antigen

test and antibody test for

countrywide tracing, tracking, and

isolation and treatment.



Professor Dr ABM Abdullah, Prof

Nazrul Islam, Prof M Shahidullah and

Prof Dr Iqbal Hasan Mahmud are among

the senior physicians who are

suggesting such switch in testing

methodology. "We've given opinion

for rapid antigen test. Think a

decision will come soon," said Prof

Abdullah.



Change in treatment protocol is

also being prescribed, with

treatment of symptoms with medicines

which are already on the market.

Ivermectin, Doxycycline and

Remdesivir are already available.



"People are already taking these,

and getting results. But, please,

consult doctors," said Dr Abdullah,

a medicine specialist and personal

physician to the prime minister.



And, finally, doctors suggest

procuring in the first chance most

effective ones of the vaccines which

are in the making to prevent the

infection and help life and business

return to normal.



With agency inputs

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