A number of 17 more people, including six women, died at Covid-19 unit of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) during the last 24 hours till 6 am on Monday, taking the death toll to 453, so far, this month.
RMCH Director Brig Gen Shamim Yazdani told newsmen that 12 of those were the residents in Rajshahi, followed by two from Natore and one each from Chapainawabganj, Naogaon and Kustia districts.
Yazdani said the hospital also had counted ever-highest 25 fatalities caused by Covid-19 on July 14 and June 29 last since the pandemic began.
Some 42 more patients were admitted to the designated Covid wards of the hospital afresh during the time, taking its number to 399, including 174 tested positive for Covid-19, against 513 beds.
Another 20 patients are undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital. Fifty other patients returned home after being cured during the time.
Meanwhile, 137 people found positive for Covid-19 after testing 445 samples in Rajshahi's two laboratories on Sunday, showing 30.78 percent positivity rate against 45.07 percent on Saturday.
Yazdani said over 8,000 liters of oxygen are being supplied to the Covid-19 patients every day on an average in the hospital at present but the daily oxygen demand was only 2,500 liters in around two months back.
Demand for oxygen has been rising continuously for the last couple of months in the wake of escalation of patients in the hospital.
Yazdani opined over 60 percent of the new Covid-19 patients admitted to the Covid-19 unit of RMCH are from villages, reiterating that awareness among the villagers is less compared to the urban people.
Despite symptoms they hesitate to go for tests. "Only they are coming to the hospital when they feel worse. Then we have nothing to do for them, they are dying," he continued.
He said utmost attention should be given to the villages along with urban areas as the fatality rate among the villagers is more and the grave situation is aggravating day-by-day there.
Apart from the administration and health workers, public representatives, political activists and volunteers should come forward and work together, otherwise, the situation may be further more alarming, he mentioned.