Covid-19 in Bangladesh

Surge in deaths again

Bangladesh on Tuesday registered a rise in fatalities from Covid-19 after a low trend during the Eid-ul-Azha holidays.

The government recorded 50 more deaths in the last 24 hours till 8am of Tuesday and 1,918 new cases.

With that, the number of total fatalities from the pandemic virus stood at 3,234 and cases 244,020 in Bangladesh since the detection of first patients on March 8.

Additional director general for health Prof Nasima Sultana while giving those updates at the daily bulletin said 7,712 samples had been tested across Bangladesh during the 24 hours period.

“The mortality rate has gone up to 1.33 percent,” she said.

Some 1,955 patients have recovered during the time, increasing the tally to 137,905.

The number of new deaths was 21 on August 1, 22 on August 2 and 30 on August 3.

Of the latest victims, 44 were men and six women - 45 of them have died in different hospitals and five at their respective homes.

Twenty-nine of them hailed from Dhaka, five from Chattogram, four each from Rangpur and Khulna, Rajshahi five and one each from Mymensingh, Sylhet and Barishal division.

The gender-wise analysis of the victims disclosed that some 2,549 men have died from Covid-19 and 685 are women. More than 1,500 of the deceased are aged above 60 years.

Currently, 18,491 are in isolation while 54,116 are home and institutionally quarantined. 

Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year.  On March 11, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that there is no ‘silver bullet’ for a vaccine against Covid-19. 

“There might never be,” he told a regular press briefing in Geneva as a number of vaccines are now in phase 3 clinical trials.

The message to the public is wearing masks while going out, maintaining physical distancing, and washing hands with soap.