DHAKA, Sept 21, 2020 (BSS) – Bangladesh today recorded 40 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 1,705 fresh cases overnight.
The recovery count rose to 2,58,717 after another 2,152 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said today.
“Forty more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 4,979,” the release said.
It said the tally of infections has surged to 3,50,621 as 1,705 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.
A total of 13,053 samples were tested at 99 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.
Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 13.06 percent tested positive, while 19.11 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.
Among the total infections, 73.79 percent patients have recovered, while 1.42 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.
Among the 40 deaths, 27 are male and 13 female, the press release said, adding two are in their 20s, three in their 30s, four in their 40s, 10 in their 50s while 20 are above 60 years and one is below 10 years.
According to the division-wise data, 26 deaths took place in Dhaka division, nine in Chattogram division and rests are in other divisions.
Among the total 4,979 deaths, 2,449 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1035 in Chattogram division, 331 in Rajshahi division, 417 in Khulna division, 185 in Barishal division, 221 in Sylhet division, 234 in Rangpur division and 107 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.
A total of 18,34,323 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 3,72,921 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.
The DGHS said 2,08,08,925 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 21, 2020, 11:12 GMT, 965,626 have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 31,273,070 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.