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Covid-19 : Bangladesh loses 200 more lives

2021-07-20, 9:17pm Disease

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Bangladesh reported 200 more deaths linked to Covid-19 in 24 hours until Tuesday morning।

Dhaka, July 20 :  Bangladesh reported 200 more deaths linked to Covid-19 in 24 hours until Tuesday morning, plunging the country into uncertainty.

The virus also infected 11,579 others during the period as Bangladesh stepped into a three-day Eid holiday with the lockdown rules relaxed.

With the fresh figures, the total caseload from Covid stands at 11,28,889 while the death toll rose to 18,325, according to a handout issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The country has been seeing 200+ Covid-related deaths for the last two weeks on average.

Bangladesh reported its highest daily Covid-19 fatality of 231 on Monday.

The new cases were reported after testing 39, 510 samples. The case positivity rate slightly declined to 29.31% from Monday’s 29.59 %, said the DGHS.

Meanwhile, the country’s fatality rate remained static at 1.62%.

So far, 9,51,340 people have recovered from the disease, taking the recovery rate to 84.27%.

Dhaka division reported 51 of the deaths while Khulna saw 50 and Chattogram 49 deaths. Besides, 12 people died in Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions each, 11 in Sylhet, eight in Mymensingh and seven in Barishal divisions.

Of the deaths, one was within 11-20 years of age; six were within 21-30; 12 between 31-40, 27 between 41-50; 48 between 51-60; 62 were between 61-70 years; 35 were between 71-80 years; eight between 81-90, and one was between 91-100 years of age.

With 3822 deaths so far, July looks to be the most fatal month since the country saw its fast Covid cases in March, 2020.

Earlier, the country saw 2,404 Covid deaths in April, 1,169 in May and 1,884 in June.

Also, July was the most fatal month in 2020, reporting 1,264 deaths followed by 1,197 deaths in June that year.

Hospitals are now overwhelmed with patients and struggling to cope with the country’s devastating second wave of Covid infections, driven by the Delta variant, reports UNB.