32 more die from coronavirus, 2,131 fresh cases detected in Bangladesh


Dhaka, Aug 29: Bangladesh on Saturday recorded 32 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 2,131 fresh cases overnight.

The recovery count rose to 1,98,863 after another 2,027 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said on Saturday.

“Thirty-two more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 4,206,” the release said.

It said the tally of infections has surged to 3,08,925 as 2,131 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

A total of 11,689 samples were tested at 92 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.

Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 18.23 percent tested positive, while 20.25 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.

Among the total infections, 64.37 percent patients have recovered, while 1.36 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.

Among the 32 deaths, 26 are male and six female, the press release said, adding, two are in their 30s, seven in their 40s, five in their 50s, while 18 are above 60 years.

According to the division-wise data, 11 deaths took place in Dhaka division, nine in Chattogram division, five in Barishal division and rests are in other divisions.

Among the total 4,206 deaths, 2,030 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 920 in Chattogram division, 279 in Rajshahi division, 348 in Khulna division, 165 in Barishal division, 191 in Sylhet division, 184 in Rangpur division and 89 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.

A total of 15,25,815 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 70 physicians and 20 health workers, for round the clock in the country.

A total of 2,64,033 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.

The DGHS said 1,96,30,613 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.

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

As of August 29, 2020, 09:42 GMT, 841,838 have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 24,935,925 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.