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Bangladesh records 36 more corona deaths, 1,593 cases

Antigen test on call seen urgent

Bangladesh records 36 more corona deaths, 1,593 cases

News Report Introducing antigen test on call is seen urgent to further check the spread of corona virus before winter as Bangladesh recorded 36 more daily deaths in another resurgence and 1,593 cases. Bangladesh recorded 36 more corona deaths and 1,593 cases. The recovery tally rose to 250,412 after another 2,443 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period of last 24 hours, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said Thursday. “Thirty-six more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 4,859,” the release said. It said the tally of infections has surged to 3,44,264 as 1,593 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. A total of 13,673 samples were tested at 94 authorized laboratories across the country during the time. Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 11.65 percent tested positive, while 19.30 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added. Among the total infections, 72.74 percent patients have recovered, while 1.41 percent died so far since the first COVID- 19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8. Among the 36 deaths, 28 are male and eight female, the press release said, adding two are in his 20s, one is in his 30s, five in their 40s, seven in their 50s, while 21 are above 60 years. According to the division-wise data, 20 deaths took place in Dhaka division, five in Chattogram division and rests are in other divisions. Among the total 4,859 deaths, 2,369 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1018 in Chattogram division, 328 in Rajshahi division, 412 in Khulna division, 183 in Barishal division, 218 in Sylhet division, 229 in Rangpur division and 102 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release. A total of 17,83,779 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country. The DGHS said in order to make treatment facilities easily available for the COVID- 19 patients, the government has introduced telemedicine services comprising 100 physicians, for round- the-clock in the country. A total of 3,55,897 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine. The DGHS said 2,06,19,146 people received healthcare services from hotline mobile numbers and health web portals as the government formed a group of medical professionals to provide emergency healthcare services. To receive information and treatment facilities on COVID-19, the contact hotline and mobile numbers are 16263; 333; 10655 and 01944333222. As of September 17, 2020, 10:03 GMT, 945,781 have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 30,069,586 currently confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics. China was the world’s first country which on January 11 reported the first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province. Containing the corona transmission down the long-lasting plateau is urgent to avert a resurgence, experts say as Bangladesh still reports rather higher daily tallies of death and infection. An effective control of the pandemic virus in the country presupposes improving corona treatments through medical methods and non-pharma interventions, too, besides tightening the prescribed health guidelines which are being mostly flouted. A latest innovation by China of nasal- inhaling vaccine comes into mention, for detailed exploration, as it is expected to be the easiest preventive. Medics say tests fall for clumsy PCR test method that produces delayed results at higher costs than some available cheaper and speedier processes. A redeeming feature of the latest developments on the corona-war front is a downturn in the infection rate, coming down to 11. And some experts believe the intensity of the viral attack is weakening globally, though some countries report a second wave, including Australia . India also witnesses record transmissions for some days now. Experts suggest bettering medical measures like rapid testing, tracing and treating patients with all the medial skills at command as well as 'non- pharmaceutical interventions'. "The intensity of the viral attack is weakening globally now, vaccine progress is raising hope," said former health minister Prof Dr Ruhal Haq MP, expecting the situation in Bangladesh to improve in the near future. As he and some other physicians spoke, a news broke that Russia already went for vaccine Sputnik production for civilian circulation for vaccinating front-liner groups of people. And its use already began. A China vaccine is going for final trial this month. Also, US President Donald Trump spoke of vaccine 'magic' before his reelection battle early November. In view of the situation, the experts continue suggesting improvement in medicare and allowing rapid antigen test. Medical experts attributed the lower numbers of corona test to the traditional PCR methodology which is time-consuming and a bit costly too. They also call for urgent improvement in medicare of serious patients besides preventive actions. The latest developments over the corona war raised hope among some of them about "an effective control over the situation by the winter" with the incidence of transmission possibly falling far below the prolonged plateau. But rapid antigen and antibody tests are being suggested by them now that full reopening is taking place with the risk of aggravation of the virus situation with 'community transmission'. "Antigen and antibody tests are so easy and cheap...It takes 15 minutes or so," said Prof Dr ABM Abdullah, a medicine specialist and personal physician to the PM. With agency inputs

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