COVID-19 cases reach 19,826 in Rajshahi division, 17,595 recoveries

RAJSHAHI, Sept 26, 2020 (BSS) – With detection of 56 more positive cases afresh in five districts of Rajshahi division on Friday, the total number of COVID-19 infected patients in the division reached 19,826, said an official report today.

Of the infected patients, 17,595 have, so far, recovered from the lethal disease with 294 fatalities reported including 178 in Bogura and 43 in Rajshahi while 23 in its city.

Of the total new positive cases, the highest 26 were detected in Bogura followed by 12 in Joypurhat, seven in Natore, six in Rajshahi including two in its city and five in Sirajganj, said Dr Gopendra Nath Acharya, Divisional Director of Health.

With the new detected cases, the district-wise break-up of the reported COVID-19 cases now stands at 4,917 in Rajshahi including 3,605 in the city, 771 in Chapainawabganj, 1,290 in Naogaon, 978 in Natore, 1,081 in Joypurhat, 7,526 in Bogura, 2,145 in Sirajganj and 1,118 in Pabna.

Another 2,356 patients were undergoing treatment in designated hospitals in the division till this morning. Besides, 5,148 other suspected patients were undergoing treatment in isolation units and 4,304 have, by now, been released.

Following detection of the new COVID-19 cases, the respective houses of the infected persons in different areas under the division were placed on 14-day lockdown according to the health safety guidelines.

Dr Nath said the whereabouts of the persons, who came in contact with COVID-19 patients, were identified and they were asked to remain in home isolation so that the virus cannot spread further.

On the other hand, a total of 22 more people have been sent to home and institutional quarantine afresh while 25 others were released in all eight districts of the division over the last 24 hours till 8am today.

A total of 59,314 people had, so far, been kept under quarantine since March 10 to prevent community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Of them, 57,037 have, by now, been released as they were given clearance certificates after completing their respective 14-day quarantine period in the division.

Utmost emphasis has been given to bring all the suspected people under quarantine, isolation and testing as these are being considered as important means of containing the community transmission of the virus, Dr Nath added.

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