Fifteen more people died of Covid-19 during the last 24 hours ending at 8 am on Thursday raising the total number of casualties to 797 in Rangpur division.
Health officials said the 15 new casualties were reported from Rangpur, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts in the division where the number of fatalities continues increasing hastily during the last one month.
The district-wise break up of the 797 fatalities stands at 166 in Rangpur, 248 in Dinajpur, 151 in Thakurgaon, 59 in Nilphamari, 42 in Kurigram, 46 in Panchagarh, 38 in Gaibandha and 47 in Lalmonirhat districts of the division.
“The average casualty rate stands at 2.06 percent, the highest ever fatality rate since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the division,” Focal Person of the Covid-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr ZA Siddiqui told BSS today.
Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases also rapidly climbed to 38,618 as 202 new patients were diagnosed afresh after testing 868 samples of Rangpur division at the positivity rate of 23.27 percent on Wednesday.
“The district-wise break up of 38,618 infected patients stands at 8,493 in Rangpur, 2,117 in Panchagarh, 2,943 in Nilphamari, 2,031 in Lalmonirhat, 2,840 in Kurigram, 5,317 in Thakurgaon, 11,610 in Dinajpur and 3,267 in Gaibandha of the division,” he said.
Talking to BSS, Acting Divisional Director (Health) Dr Abu Md Zakirul Islam said a total of 1,96,432 collected samples were tested till Wednesday, and of them, 38,619 were found Covid-19 positive with an average positivity rate of 19.57 percent in the division.
“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 23.31 percent during the period to 74.24 percent on Wednesday,” Dr Islam said.
The 28,671 recovered patients include 6,054 of Rangpur, 1,135 of Panchagarh, 2,330 of Nilphamari, 1,492 of Lalmonirhat, 1,920 of Kurigram, 3,750 of Thakurgaon, 9,957 of Dinajpur and 2,033 of Gaibandha districts in the division.
Among the 38,618 infected patients, 554 are undergoing treatments at isolation units, including 25 critical patients at ICU beds and 11 at High Dependency Unit beds, after recovery of 28,671 patients and 797 deaths while 8,993 are remaining in home isolation.
“Meanwhile, the number of citizens who got the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine rose to 7,34,419, and among them, 3,89,508 got the second dose of the jab till Wednesday in the division,” Dr Islam added.
Chief of Divisional Coronavirus Service and Prevention Task Force and Principal of Rangpur Medical College Professor Dr. AKM Nurunnobi Lyzu said people must abide by the health directives to contain further spread of the Covid-19 infection.