Coronavirus: 15,465 infected, 14,514 cured in Rangpur division

RANGPUR, Jan 8, 2021 (BSS) – A total of 15,465 people have been infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), and of them, 14,514 already cured in Rangpur division where the daily infection rate continues declining consistently in recent weeks.

Health officials said the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 15,465 as 22 new patients were reported after testing 323 samples at the two COVID-19 Laboratories in the division on Thursday with the daily infection rate of 6.81 percent.

“The daily COVID-19 infection rate remained below 10 percent consistently during the last more than two weeks in Rangpur division,” Focal Person of COVID-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr. ZA Siddiqui told BSS today.

Earlier, the daily COVID-19 infection rates were 7.10 percent on Wednesday, 7.73 percent on Tuesday, 9.50 percent on Monday, 4.02 percent on Sunday, 3.23 percent on Saturday, 9.29 percent on Friday and 8.87 percent on Thursday last in the division.

Since the beginning, a total of 97,124 collected samples of suspected patients of Rangpur division were tested till Friday, and of them, 15,465 people were found COVID-19 positive with an average infection rate of 15.92 percent.

Meanwhile, the number of cured patients rose to 14,514 with the healing of 22 more infected people on Sunday with an average recovery rate of 93.85 percent in the division.

“The average recovery rate is currently about 5.90 times higher than the average infection rate,” Dr. Siddiqui said.

The district-wise break up of the total 15,465 patients stands at 3,948 in Rangpur, 774 in Panchagarh, 1,311 in Nilphamari, 956 in Lalmonirhat, 1,001 in Kurigram, 1,491 in Thakurgaon, 4,544 in Dinajpur and 1,440 in Gaibandha districts,” he said.

At the same time, the 14,514 recovered patients include 3,507 of Rangpur, 730 of Panchagarh, 1,280 of Nilphamari, 939 of Lalmonirhat, 949 of Kurigram, 1,387 of Thakurgaon, 4,323 of Dinajpur and 1,399 of Gaibandha districts in the division.

Talking to BSS, Divisional Director (Health) Dr. Md. Ahad Ali said the number of fatalities remained steady at 300 in the division with no more deaths reported from anywhere on Friday.

The district-wise break up of the 300 fatalities stands at 70 in Rangpur, 108 in Dinajpur, 32 in Thakurgaon, 27 in Nilphamari, 15 in Kurigram, 20 in Panchagarh, 17 in Gaibandha and 11 in Lalmonirhat districts of the division,” he said.

The average casualty rate currently stands at 1.94 percent in the division.

Among the total 15,465 COVID-19 infected patients, 28 are undergoing treatments at isolation units of different hospitals after recovery of 14,514 patients and 300 deaths while 623 remaining in home isolations across the division.

“Since the beginning, a total of 93,658 people of the division were put in quarantines, and of them, 89,935 released and 3,723 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 daily infection rate continues declining in recent weeks bringing a sigh of relief to people in the division.

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