Deaths of frontline fighters rise


With the number of coronavirus cases jumping day by day in Bangladesh, the number of deaths from the deadly virus is also surging in an alarming mark among the frontline fighters.

As the country’s fight against the virus rages on, the pandemic has already claimed the lives of 42 doctors, 29 police personnel and four nurses with coronavirus cases in Bangladesh crossed the one lakh mark on Thursday last.

Everyday more and more health service providers, journalists, civil administration officials and employees and police members are getting infected by the deadly virus.

Physician M Rafikul Haider Liton died of Covid-19 on Wednesday night. He contracted the disease at the Enam Medical College Hospital in Savar.

Rafikul was the registrar of the endocrinology department of the Enam Medical College Hospital. He was 52.
With his death, the Covid-19 death toll among doctors in Bangladesh hit 42, according to Bangladesh Medical Association.
Till Tuesday, 42 doctors, four nurses and one medical service provider died of Covid-19, said Bangladesh Medical Association secretary general Md Ehteshamul Haque Chowdhury.

According to Bangladesh Doctors’ Foundation, a forum of physicians, so far, 1,281 physicians have been infected with the novel coronavirus in Bangladesh till Thursday.

Of them, 754 are from Dhaka, 148 from Mymensingh, 177 from Chattogram, 51 from Khulna, 34 from Sylhet, 24 from Barishal, 20 from Rangpur, 15 from Rajshahi and the rest 58 from other areas.

Of the infected physicians, 828 are from government hospitals.
According to the Society for Nurses Safety and Rights, at least 1,302 nurses were infected with the deadly virus while four of them died and 500 already recovered.

Of the infected nurses, 915 are from Dhaka, 144 from Chattogram, 75 from Mymensingh, 58 from Sylhet, 55 from Barishal, 17 from Khulna, 16 from Rangpur and 13 from Rajshahi.

Of them, 1,030 are from government hospitals and 272 from private hospitals.

According to the physicians’ organisations, several renowned physicians of the country, including former Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons president and BMSSU professor SAM Golam Kibria, Square Hospital ICU head Mirza Nazim Uddin, Ibne Sina radiology department head freedom fighter Abul Mokarim Md Mohsin Uddin, Ibrahim Medical College microbiology professor Mohammad Mohiuddin, Impulse Hospital Limited director Jalilur Rahman Khan, University of Science and Technology former vice-chancellor and surgery professor M Rezaul Karim and former Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College director and professor of medicine AKM Mujibur Rahman have died of Covid-19.

According to the police headquarters, at least 29 members of police died of Covid-19 till Thursday while the total infected now stands at 8,331 and 4,404 already recovered.

Of the infected police members, 2,100 are from the Dhaka Metropolitan area and the rest are from other parts of the country.

According to Bangladesh Administrative Service Association, at least 10 serving and retired admin cadre officials died of COVID-19 till Thursday while over 150, including at least 85 field officials, were infected with the disease so far.

According to media houses and journalist organisations, at least six journalists died of COVID-19 till Thursday while 378 have been affected by the deadly virus.

Of the affected journalists and media workers, 318 are from Dhaka and 60 from across the country.
They are from 99 media houses including 52 newspapers, 27 television channels, 14 internet news portals, five radios and one news agency.

Bangladesh in the last 24 hours logged 3,803 more COVID-19 positive cases and 38 deaths of the viral disease on Thursday. The country’s confirmed cases now stand at 1, 02,292 while the death toll hits 1,343.

Additional director general of the Directorate General of Health Services Nasima Sultana disclosed the information on the regular online briefing on the COVID-19 situation.

Some 1,975 people were declared recovered from the novel coronavirus infection, taking the total number of recovered to 40,164.