Bangladesh reports 25 COVID-19 deaths, 4,33,614 total recoveries

DHAKA, Dec 18, 2020 (BSS) – Bangladesh recorded 25 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 1,318 fresh cases overnight.

The recovery count rose to 4,33,614 after another 2,024 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said today.

“Twenty-five more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 7,217,” the release said.

It said the tally of infections has surged to 4,98,293 as 1,318 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

A total of 14,336 samples were tested at 159 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.

Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 9.19 percent tested positive, while 16.34 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.

Among the total infections, 87.02 percent patients have recovered, while 1.45 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.

Among the 25 deaths, 16 are male and nine female, the press release said, adding four are in their 40s, nine in their 50s while 12 are above 60 years.

According to the division-wise data, 18 deaths took place in Dhaka division and rests are in other divisions.

Among the total 7,217 deaths, 3,944 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,339 in Chattogram division, 425 in Rajshahi division, 514 in Khulna division, 231 in Barishal division, 283 in Sylhet division, 325 in Rangpur division and 156 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.

A total of 30,50,064 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 6,32,823 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.

The DGHS said 2,31,89,589 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 December 18, 2020, 11:19 GMT, 1,670,836 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 75,395,022 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.