Fourteen more people died of Covid-19 during the last 24 hours in Rangpur division where the number of positive cases rapidly reached 36,929 with diagnosis of 821 afresh on Saturday.
Health officials said the overall Covid-19 situation still continues deteriorating amid rising positivity and causality rates and sharply declining recovery rate in recent weeks in the division.
“A total of 297 Covid-19 patients, the highest number in a month since June 17 last, died in Rangpur division,” he said, fearing that the situation may worsen if the people would not abide by the health directives properly.
The district-wise break up of the 739 fatalities stands at 152 in Rangpur, 239 in Dinajpur, 137 in Thakurgaon, 52 in Nilphamari, 38 in Kurigram, 38 in Panchagarh, 37 in Gaibandha and 46 in Lalmonirhat districts of the division.
“The average casualty rate currently stands at two percent in the division,” Dr Siddiqui said.
Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases hastily reached 36,929 as 821 new patients were diagnosed after testing 2,782 samples of Rangpur division at the positivity rate of 29.51 percent on Saturday.
“The district-wise break up of 36,929 patients now stands at 8,091 in Rangpur, 1,953 in Panchagarh, 2,793 in Nilphamari, 1,971 in Lalmonirhat, 2,650 in Kurigram, 5,136 in Thakurgaon, 11,212 in Dinajpur and 3,123 in Gaibandha of the division,” he said.
Meanwhile, the total number of healed Covid-19 patients reached 26,623 with recovery of 499 more infected patients on Saturday in the division where the average recovery rate currently stands at 72.09 percent.
“The average recovery rate of Covid-19 infected patients reached 97.55 percent more than four months ago on March 9 last in the division where the same harshly dropped by 25.46 percent during the period to 72.09 percent on Saturday,” Dr Islam said.
The 26,623 recovered patients include 5,813 of Rangpur, 1,040 of Panchagarh, 2,136 of Nilphamari, 1,397 of Lalmonirhat, 1,851 of Kurigram, 3,507 of Thakurgaon, 8,916 of Dinajpur and 1,963 of Gaibandha districts in the division.
Among the 36,929 infected patients, 630 are undergoing treatments at isolation units, including 26 critical patients at ICU beds and 11 at High Dependency Unit beds, after recovery of 26,623 patients and 740 deaths while 9,389 are remaining in home isolation.
“Meanwhile, the number of citizens who got the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine rose to 6,96,699, and among them, 3,89,354 got the second dose of the jab till Saturday in the division,” Dr Islam added.
Talking to BSS, Chief of Divisional Coronavirus Service and Prevention Task Force and Principal of Rangpur Medical College Professor Dr. AKM Nurunnobi Lyzu expressed concern over the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in the division.
“Everyone should strictly abide by the health directives, hygiene rules, maintain physical distance and wear masks while remaining outside to remain safe as the positivity rate still continues rising in the division,” he added.