DHAKA, Sept 16, 2020 (BSS) – Bangladesh today recorded 21 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 1,615 fresh cases overnight.
The recovery count rose to 2,47,969 after another 2,375 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said today.
“Twenty-one more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 4,823,” the release said.
It said the tally of infections has surged to 3,42,671 as 1,615 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.
A total of 13,360 samples were tested at 94 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.
Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 12.09 percent tested positive, while 19.36 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.
Among the total infections, 72.36 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 21 deaths, 16 are male and five female, the press release said, adding one is in his 20s, one in his 30s, two in their 40s, seven in their 50s, while 10 are above 60 years.
According to the division-wise data, 10 deaths took place in Dhaka division, five in Chattogram division and rests are in other divisions.
Among the total 4,823 deaths, 2,349 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1013 in Chattogram division, 324 in Rajshahi division, 410 in Khulna division, 180 in Barishal division, 217 in Sylhet division, 228 in Rangpur division and 102 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.
A total of 17,70,106 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 3,51,504 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.
The DGHS said 2,05,68,845 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 16, 2020, 09:56 GMT, 939,706 have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 29,756,176 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.