Bangladesh reports record virus cases, highest recoveries


DHAKA, May 29, 2020 (BSS) – Bangladesh today reported 2,523 fresh coronavirus (COVID-19) cases overnight, the highest in a daily count, bringing the tally of infections to 42,844.

“The fatalities from the pandemic have also surged to 582 as 23 patients died in the last 24 hours,” DGHS Additional Director General Prof Nasima Sultana told a virtual media briefing at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in the city.

She said the recovery count rose to 9,015 after another 590 patients, the highest in a single day, were discharged from the hospitals.

The health official also informed that the highest number of 11,301 samples were tested at 49 authorised labs across the country during that time.

Bangladesh confirmed the first coronavirus death on March 18, ten days after the detection of the first COVID-19 cases.

Nasima said nearly 75 percent COVID-19 patients are taking treatment from their homes, and many of them are being cured every day after receiving treatment through hotlines.

She said among the 23 deaths, one is in his 20s, two in their 30s, five in their 40s, five in their 50s, six in their 60s, two in their 70s, one in his 80s and one between 10 to 20.

Among the COVID-19 victims, four are in Dhaka city and rests are outside the capital city. According to the division-wise data, 10 deaths took place in Dhaka division, nine in Chattogram division, two in Rangpur and one each in Barishal and Sylhet divisions.

The health official dubbed Dhaka, Narayanganj and Chattogram COVID-19 as “hotspots” because the maximum numbers of cases were detected in the three cities.

As of May 27, Dhaka city has been considered as the worst-affected with 14,997 COVID cases, according to Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

Among the COVID-19-prone districts, Chattogram is the most hardest- hit one with 1948 cases, according to the IEDCR data.

It was followed by Narayanganj 1948 cases, Cumilla with 680, Munshiganj with 655, Dhaka with 629, Gazipur with 618 positive cases, Cox’s Bazar with 470, Noakhali with 417 cases, Mymensingh with 409 cases and Rangpur with 394 cases.

She said a total of 2, 87,067 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country.

According to the DGHS, a total of 2, 80, 005 people were kept at both home and institutional quarantine and 2,19,770 people were released from quarantine, while the number of people who are now in quarantine is 60,275.

It said a total of 629 institutions have been prepared across the country for keeping over 31,991 people in quarantine, adding nearly 4,984 people have now been kept in isolation.

The government has collected 2,4 70,002 PPE so far, of which over 21, 04,504 were distributed and 3,65, 468 are in stock.

The DGHS sources said till today, nearly 83,65,433 people received healthcare services from hotline mobile numbers and health web portals as the government formed a group of medical professionals to provide emergency health services.

To receive information and treatment facilities on COVID-19, the contact hotline and mobile numbers are 16263; 333; 10655 and 01944333222.

As of May 29, 2020, 10:05 GMT, 362,555 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 5,925,660 currently confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.

China was the world’s first country which on January 11 reported the first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province.