COVID-19 infection rate remains below 10pc in Rangpur division

RANGPUR, Jan 14, 2021 (BSS) – The daily coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rate continued to decline consistently and remained below the 10 percent mark during the last more than three consecutive weeks in Rangpur division.

“Only 19 people were found infected after testing 276 samples at two laboratories at the daily infection rate of 6.88 percent in the division on Wednesday,” said Focal Person of COVID-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr. ZA Siddiqui.

Earlier, the daily COVID-19 infection rates were 6.65 percent on Tuesday, 3.49 percent on Monday, 7.79 percent on Sunday, 5.20 percent on Saturday, 8.16 percent on Friday and 6.81 percent on Thursday on Wednesday last in the division.

Since the beginning, a total of 98,871 collected samples of suspected patients of Rangpur division were tested till Wednesday, and of them, 15,577 people were found COVID-19 positive with an average infection rate of 15.75 percent.

“The district-wise break up of the total 15,577 patients stands at 3,969 in Rangpur, 779 in Panchagarh, 1,317 in Nilphamari, 959 in Lalmonirhat, 1,004 in Kurigram, 1,497 in Thakurgaon, 4,604 in Dinajpur and 1,448 in Gaibandha districts,” he added.

Meanwhile, the number of cured patients rose to 14,691 with the healing of 30 more infected people on Wednesday with an average recovery rate of 94.31 percent in the division.

Currently, the 14,691 recovered patients include 3,543 of Rangpur, 746 of Panchagarh, 1,285 of Nilphamari, 941 of Lalmonirhat, 953 of Kurigram, 1,403 of Thakurgaon, 4,406 of Dinajpur and 1,414 of Gaibandha districts in the division.

“The average recovery rate of 94.31 percent is currently 5.99 times higher than the average infection rate of 15.75 percent in the division,” Dr. Siddiqui added.

Meanwhile, the number of fatalities remained steady at 300 in the division with no more deaths reported from anywhere on Wednesday.

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 1.93 percent in the division.

Among the total 15,577 COVID-19 infected patients, 26 are undergoing treatment at isolation units of different hospitals after recovery of 14,691 patients and 300 deaths while 560 remaining in home isolations across the division.

“Since the beginning, a total of 94,159 people of the division were put in quarantines, and of them, 90,555 released and 3,604 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 suggested people to abide by the health directives to further reduce the infection rate across division.


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