Rajshahi records a slight decline in COVID-19 infection

RAJSHAHI, Dec 31, 2020 (BSS) – Rajshahi division today recorded a slight decline in daily Covid-19 infection than the last day as the health department reported 62 new cases in the last 24-hour till Wednesday evening, raising the number to 24,440.

Of the infected patients, 22,158 have, so far, been cured from the lethal virus with 48 new recoveries found during the time, it added.

The number of deaths from the disease stands at 366 including 224 in Bogura and 54 in Rajshahi with no more fatality reported afresh today, said Dr Habibul Ahsan Talukder, Divisional Director of Health.

Of the total new positive cases, the highest 20 were detected in Bogura followed by 12 in Sirajgonj, 10 in Joypurhat, nine in Natore, six in Rajshahi city, four in Pabna and one in Naogaon districts.

With the new detected cases, the district-wise break-up of the COVID-19 cases now stands at 5,812 in Rajshahi including 4,343 in its city, 817 in Chapainawabganj, 1,534 in Naogaon, 1,190 in Natore, 1,300 in Joypurhat, 9,590 in Bogura, 2,596 in Sirajganj and 1,601 in Pabna.

A number of 2,864 identified patients were undergoing treatment in designated hospitals in the division till this morning as 6,208 other suspected patients remained in isolation units and 5,414 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 as per the health safety guidelines.

Dr Talukder 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 52 more people have been sent to home and institutional quarantine afresh while 74 others were released in all eight districts of the division over the last 24 hours till 8 am today.

A total of 64,286 people had, so far, been kept under quarantine since March 10 to prevent community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Of them, 62,413 have, by now, been released as they were given clearance certificates after completing their respective 14-day quarantine period in the division.


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