2020-06-23 16:10:45 BdST

COVID-19 pandemicBD reports 43 more deaths, 3,412 new cases

Bangladesh today confirmed 43 more deaths from the novel coronavirus and 3,412 new cases of infection after testing 16,292 samples in 65 labs in the last 24 hours.

With this, the death toll from the deadly virus rose to 1,545 and the number of total infections stood at 1,19,198.

"Of the dead patients, 38 were men and five women. Moreover, 16 of them were hailed from Dhaka, 15 from Chattogram, six from Rajshahi, two each from Khulna and Mymensingh, and one each from Sylhet and Barishal division," Additional Director General (administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Professor Dr Nasima Sultana revealed the latest figures during the daily virtual health bulletin today.

"Thirty patients died at different hospitals, twelve at their respective homes and one was diagnosed with the infection after death," she added.

Some 17,563 samples were collected in last 24 hours and 16,292 were tested in 65 labs across country. So far 644,011 samples have been tested.

Besides, 880 patients recovered from Covid-19 between Monday 8am and Tuesday 8am, increasing the count of recovered novel coronavirus patients to 47,635.

According to the latest data by DGHS, 39.36 percent of novel coronavirus patients – both symptomatic and asymptomatic – have recovered in Bangladesh so far, while 1.30 percent have died. "The infection rate is 20.94 percent," Dr Nasima stated.

Currently, 64,146 people are quarantined across the country – including 2,414 newly-quarantined individuals. A total of 280,514 people have completed their quarantine course.

Nasima Sultana said, "The authorities placed 680 new individuals suspected of having Covid-19 into isolation, bringing the total to 12,927 after 8,185 left."

"The country is capable of accommodating 13,284 people at different isolation wards and 31,991 people at 629 institutional quarantine facilities," she added.

Unlike the rising number of infections and deaths, however, the number of intensive care units (ICUs) and dialysis beds for treating Covid-19 patients has remained the same for the past few weeks.

The country currently has 399 ICUs and 112 dialysis beds for novel coronavirus patients.

As many as 12,770,011 hotline health services were given by 16,390 trained and 4,217 volunteer doctors via three designated numbers, including 175,752 in last 24-hour till 8am today. 

Till date, a total of 726,475 thermal screenings were conducted at different ports, including 1,152 in last 24-hour time frame.

As per the data provided by Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD), personal protective equipment (PPE) collected by the government has been 2,528,245 of which 2,360,314 were distributed and 167,931 are left in store.

The virus has killed 474,339 people globally and infected 9,187,861 so far.

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