RANGPUR, Dec 4, 2020 (BSS) – The number of coronavirus (COVID-19) positive cases sharply rose to 14,350 today in Rangpur division where the daily infection rate continues showing a rising trend in the recent weeks.
Health officials said 57 new patients were reported after testing 376 samples at the two COVID-19 laboratories in the division with the daily infection rate of 15.16 percent on Thursday.
The district-wise breakups of the 14,350 patients stand at 3,647 in Rangpur, 740 in Panchagarh, 1,242 in Nilphamari, 933 in Lalmonirhat, 969 in Kurigram, 1,390 in Thakurgaon, 4,084 in Dinajpur and 1,345 in Gaibandha districts of the division.
Since the beginning, a total of 87,748 collected samples were tested till Thursday, and of them, 14,350 were found COVID-19 positive with an average infection rate of 16.35 percent in the division.
“Meanwhile, the number of healed patients rose to 13,033 as 37 more people cured on Thursday at the average recovery rate of about 90.82 percent,” Focal Person of COVID-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr. ZA Siddiqui told BSS today.
The average recovery rate of 90.82 percent is currently over 5.55 times higher than the average infection rate of 16.35 percent in the division,” Dr. Siddiqui added.
The 13,033 recovered patients include 3,048 of Rangpur, 701 of Panchagarh, 1,176 of Nilphamari, 898 of Lalmonirhat, 928 of Kurigram, 1,196 of Thakurgaon, 3,807of Dinajpur and 1,279 of Gaibandha districts.
Talking to BSS today, Divisional Director (Health) Dr. Md. Ahad Ali said the number of total fatalities remained steady at 268 in the division with one more death reported from Dinajpur on Thursday.
“The district-wise breakups of the 268 fatalities stand at 61 in Rangpur, 94 in Dinajpur, 30 in Thakurgaon, 23 in Nilphamari, 15 in Kurigram, 15 in Gaibandha, 20 in Panchagarh and 10 in Lalmonirhat districts of the division,” he said.
The average casualty rate currently stands at about 1.87 percent in the division.
“Among the total 14,350 COVID-19 patients, 72 are undergoing treatments at isolation units of different hospitals after recovery of 13,033 patients and 268 deaths while 941 remaining in home isolations across the division,” Dr. Ali said.
“Since the beginning, a total of 89,188 people of the division were put in quarantines, and of them, 83,567 were released and 5,621 are currently remaining in home or institutional quarantines,” Dr. Ahmed added.
Chief of Divisional Coronavirus Service and Prevention Task Force and Principal of Rangpur Medical College Professor Dr. AKM Nurunnabi Lyzu said the COVID-19 spread is showing a rising trend in recent weeks in Rangpur division.
“The coronavirus is currently floating in the air due to dry weather amid less humidity in the winter and people should wear masks while remaining outside to stay safe,” Dr. Lyzu added.