2020-06-24 17:31:19 BdST

COVID-19 pandemicBD reports 37 more deaths, 3,462 new cases

Bangladesh today confirmed 37 more deaths from the novel coronavirus and 3,462 new cases of infection testing 16,433 samples in the last 24 hours.

With this, the death toll from the deadly virus rose to 1,582 and the number of total infections stood at 122,660.

"Among the dead patients, 35 were men and nine women. Of them, 10 were from Dhaka, nine from Chattogram, seven from Khulna, six from Rajshahi, three from Mymensingh and one each from Rangpur and Barishal," Additional Director General of Health Directorate Professor Dr Nasima Sultana made the disclosure during a virtual briefing today.

Thirty-four patients died in different hospitals and three at their respective homes.

"Some 17,245 samples were collected in last 24 hours and 16,430 were tested in 66 labs across country. So far 660,444, samples have been tested," she added.

Besides, 2,031 patients have recovered during the time, increasing the tally to 49,666.

According to the latest data by DGHS, 40.49% coronavirus infected patients (both Symptomatic and Asymptomatic) have recovered and 1.29% died. However, the infection rate has been 21.07% today.

Currently, 63,960 people are quarantined across the country – including 2,631 newly-quarantined individuals. A total of 283,331 people have completed their quarantine course.

Nasima Sultana said, "The authorities placed 749 new individuals suspected of having Covid-19 into isolation, bringing the total to 13,158 after 8,703 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 12,942,456 hotline health services were given by 16,395 trained and 4,217 volunteer doctors via three designated numbers, including 172,445 in the last 24-hour till 8am today. 

Till date, a total of 727,609 thermal screenings were conducted at different ports, including 543 at airports, 201 at seaports and 390 at land ports in the last 24 hours. 

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 2,362,814 were distributed and 165,431 are left in store.

The virus has killed 480,095 people globally and infected 9,369,576 so far.

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