RANGPUR: The number of Covid-19 cases rapidly reached 16,797 in the division where the infection rate continues rising fast almost during the last four weeks.
“The number of Covid-19 cases rose to 16,797 as 65 new patients were detected after testing 377 samples at the infection rate of 17.24 percent on Friday,” said Focal Person of Covid-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr ZA Siddiqui.The district-wise breakup of total 16,797 patients now stands at 4,284 in Rangpur, 814 in Panchagarh, 1,447 in Nilphamari, 1,002 in Lalmonirhat, 1,065 in Kurigram, 1,580 in Thakurgaon, 5,024 in Dinajpur and 1,581 in Gaibandha, reports BSS.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, a total of 1,17,967 collected samples were tested in the division till Friday, and of them, 16,797 were found Covid-19 positive with an average infection rate of 14.24 percent.
Meanwhile, the total number of healed Covid-19 patients reached 15,772 with recovery of 22 more patients on Friday at the average recovery rate of 93.90 percent in the division.
The 15,772 recovered patients include 4,039 of Rangpur, 777 of Panchagarh, 1,357 of Nilphamari, 960 of Lalmonirhat, 1,000 of Kurigram, 1,490 of Thakurgaon, 4,688 of Dinajpur and 1,461 of Gaibandha districts in the division.
Divisional Director (Health) Dr Md Ahad Ali said the number of fatalities rose to 319 with one more death reported from Kurigram on Friday.
The district-wise break-up of the 319 fatalities stands at 73 in Rangpur, 115 in Dinajpur, 34 in Thakurgaon, 32 in Nilphamari, 16 in Kurigram, 20 in Panchagarh, 18 in Gaibandha and 11 in Lalmonirhat districts of the division.“The average casualty rate currently stands at 1.90 percent in the division,” he said.
Among the total 16,797 Covid-19 infected patients, 81 are now undergoing treatments at institutional isolation, including 12 at ICU beds, after recovery of 15,772 patients and 319 deaths while 665 remaining in home isolation across the division.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, a total of 99,018 people were put in quarantines, and of them, 95,157 released till Saturday morning in the division.
Meanwhile, the total number of citizens who got the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines rose to 5,74,367, including 3,44,617 male and 2,29,750 female, with inoculation of more 1,675 people till Thursday in Rangpur division.
“Of them, a total of 9,765 citizens were inoculated with the second dose of Covid-19 vaccines on Thursday (April 8), the first day of launching the second dose of the vaccination campaign,” Dr Ali added.
Chief of Divisional Coronavirus Service and Prevention Task Force and Principal of Rangpur Medical College Professor Dr AKM Nurunnobi Lyzu suggested everyone to sincerely abide by the health directives for containing the rapidly rising infection rate.