Bangladesh reports 36 COVID-19 deaths, 2,68,777 total recoveries

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Dhaka, Sept 26: Bangladesh on Saturday recorded 36 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 1,106 fresh cases overnight.

The recovery count rose to 2,68,777 after another 1,753 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said on Saturday.

“Thirty-six more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 5,129,” the release said.

It said the tally of infections has surged to 3,57,873 as 1,106 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

A total of 10,765 samples were tested at 104 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.

Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 10.27 percent tested positive, while 18.85 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.

Among the total infections, 75.10 percent patients have recovered, while 1.43 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.

Among the 36 deaths, 25 are male and 11 female, the press release said, adding seven are in their 40s, eight in their 50s while 21 are above 60 years.

According to the division-wise data, 23 deaths took place in Dhaka division, eight in Chattogram division and rests are in other divisions.

Among the total 5,129 deaths, 2,546 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1060 in Chattogram division, 336 in Rajshahi division, 429 in Khulna division, 187 in Barishal division, 226 in Sylhet division, 237 in Rangpur division and 108 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.

A total of 18,98,775 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country.

The DGHS said in order to make treatment facilities easily available for the COVID-19 patients, the government has introduced telemedicine services comprising 100 physicians, for round- the-clock in the country.

A total of 3,95,367 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.

The DGHS said 2,10,70,447 people received healthcare services from hotline mobile numbers and health web portals as the government formed a group of medical professionals to provide emergency healthcare services.

As of September 26, 2020, 10:36 GMT, 994,018 have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 32,795,847 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.

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