RANGPUR, Dec 25, 2020 (BSS) – A total of 15,250 people have been infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), and of them, 14,033 already healed in Rangpur division where the daily infection rate continues declining in recent weeks.
Health officials said the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 15,250 as 38 new patients were reported after testing 376 samples at the two COVID-19 Laboratories in the division on Thursday with the daily infection rate of 10.10 percent.
Earlier, the daily infection rates were 10.10 percent on Wednesday, 9.83 percent on Tuesday, 11.37 percent on Monday, 13.30 percent on Sunday and 17.76 percent on Saturday last in the division.
Since the beginning, a total of 94,212 collected samples of suspected patients of Rangpur division were tested till Thursday, and of them, 15,250 people were found COVID-19 positive with an average infection rate of 16.17 percent.
Meanwhile, the number of cured patients rose to 14,033 with the healing of 71 more infected people on Thursday with an average recovery rate of 92.02 percent in the division.
“The average recovery rate is currently 5.69 times higher than the average infection rate,” Focal Person of COVID-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr. ZA Siddiqui told BSS today.
The district-wise break up of the total 15,250 patients stands at 3,903 in Rangpur, 761 in Panchagarh, 1,302 in Nilphamari, 953 in Lalmonirhat, 992 in Kurigram, 1,470 in Thakurgaon, 4,444 in Dinajpur and 1,425 in Gaibandha districts.
Currently, the 14,033 recovered patients include 3,358 of Rangpur, 726 of Panchagarh, 1,252 of Nilphamari, 921 of Lalmonirhat, 928 of Kurigram, 1,340 of Thakurgaon, 4,141 of Dinajpur and 1,367 of Gaibandha districts in the division.
Talking to BSS, Divisional Director (Health) Dr. Md. Ahad Ali said the number of fatalities climbed to 287 in the division with two more deaths reported from Thakurgaon and Dinajpur on Thursday.
“The district-wise break up of the 287 fatalities stands at 67 in Rangpur, 101 in Dinajpur, 31 in Thakurgaon, 27 in Nilphamari, 15 in Kurigram, 15 in Gaibandha, 20 in Panchagarh and 11 in Lalmonirhat districts of the division,” he said.
The average casualty rate currently stands at around 1.88 percent in the division.
Among the total 15,250 COVID-19 infected patients, 49 are undergoing treatments at isolation units of different hospitals after recovery of 14,033 patients and 287 deaths while 881 remaining in home isolations across the division.
“Since the beginning, a total of 92,726 people of the division were put in quarantines, and of them, 87,935 released and 4,791 are currently remaining in home or institutional quarantines,” Dr. Ali added.
Chief of Divisional Coronavirus Service and Prevention Task Force and Principal of Rangpur Medical College Professor Dr. AKM Nurunnabi Lyzu said the infection rate continues declining consistently during the past couple of weeks in the division.
“Everyone should sincerely wear masks while remaining outside and strictly abide by the health directives to remain safe from COVID-19 infection,” he said.