Bangladesh reports 33 COVID-19 deaths, 2,04,887 total recoveries


Dhaka, Aug 31: Bangladesh on Monday recorded 33 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 2,174 fresh cases in the last 24 hours.

The recovery count rose to 2,04,887 after another 2,980 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

“Thirty-three more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 4,281,” the release said.

It said the tally of infections has surged to 3,12,996 as 2,174 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

A total of 12,454 samples were tested at 92 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.

Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 17.46 percent tested positive, while 20.19 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.

Among the total infections, 65.46 percent patients have recovered, while 1.37 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.

Among the 33 deaths, 29 are male and four female, the press release said, adding, one is in their 20s, three in their 30s, three in their 40s, six in their 50s, while 20 are above 60 years.

According to the division-wise data, 21 deaths took place in Dhaka division, four in Chattogram division, five in Rajshahi division and rests are in other divisions.

Among the total 4281 deaths, 2,069 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 932 in Chattogram division, 287 in Rajshahi division, 356 in Khulna division, 166 in Barishal division, 191 in Sylhet division, 190 in Rangpur division and 90 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.

A total of 15,50,203 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 2,73,162 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.

The DGHS said 1,97,36,159 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 31, 2020, 10:33 GMT, 851,079 have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 25,413,610 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.