Corona death toll jumps to 17

41 new cases detected

Staff Correspondent

8 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Corona death toll jumps to 17

Police intercept vehicles in the capital as part of thier efforts to prevent movement of people amid the spread of deadly coronavirus in the country. The photo was taken from Bijoy Sarani area on Tuesday. – Reaz Ahmed Sumon

The current April month has been termed critical by health officials as the number of corona infection cases continued to rise in the country daily with 41 new Covod-19 cases detected and five more deaths in the past 24 hours

“Some 41 new coronavirus infected people have been detected in the last 24 hours raising total number to 164 since March 8. And death of five more people with Covid-19 disease has been confirmed in last 24 hours raising the total number to 17,” Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).

The health official came up with the information while addressing an online press briefing from the DGHS headquarters in Mohakhali of the capital on Tuesday, to give latest information about coronavirus situation of Bangladesh.

She said no coronavirus infected patient have been tested negative in the past 24 hours as total 33 covid-19 patients were recovered from the disease till the date.

Dr Flora said among the five deceased, one is female. Two were above 60, two were between 51 and 60, and another was 41-50 year old.

Two of the deceased are from Dhaka while the rest are from other districts, she added.  Earlier in the day, Health and Family Welfare Minister ZahidMaleque at a programme at Central Medical Store Depot (CMSD) in Tejgaon of the capital on Tuesday said “Now we are in locked down situation due to coronavirus….This month (April) is very much difficult for us.”

He however, claimed that the croanvirus situation in Bangladesh is better than many other countries of the world.

Zahid Maleque said the health ministry is increasing the coroanvirus testing facility while it has set up 17-18 laboratory already and 10 more will start activities soon. IEDCR chief said among the 41 newly infected patients, 28 are male. One of the infected is under 10 while four are 11-20, 10 are 21-30, five are 31-40, nine are 41-50, seven are 51-60 and the rest are above 60 year old.

Of them, 20 are from Dhaka city, 15 from Narayanganj, One from Keraniganj, one from Cumilla and another from Chattogram, she added.

Addressing the press briefing, Prof Abul Kalam Azad, Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said samples from 792 people have been tested in the past 24 hours to detect the coronavirus infected patients.

Some 10,190 people have been staying in home quarantine and 126 are in institutional quarantine currently, he added.

According to the DGHS, 114 covid-19 patients are currently undergoing treatment.

The DGHS chief further said the health ministry has arranged 7,693 isolation beds in public hospitals—-1,550 in Dhaka city and 6143 outside the capital and arranged 112 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and 40 dialysis beds.

He said 6,64386 people have been screened in all ports including the airport to detect the coronavirus infection.

Dr Abul Kalam Azad claimed that the government has collected total 626397 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), supplied 461894 in public hospitals and currently 164503 remain in stock and 71,00 test kits are now in stock.

The DGHS chief requested people to follow COVID-19 health rules strictly. “Your protection is at your hands. Stay at home, maintain distance, and wear masks if you need to go out for an emergency,” he added.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, Prof Abul KalamAzad of the DGHS said new deadly coronavirus has spread so far to 15 districts across the country including the capital.

He also asked the concerned officials to carry on collection of sample to test of coronavirus in every upazila across the country.

“At least 10-12 samples should be collected everyday in each upazila for testing the coronavirus,” the health minister said.

Mentioning that he had a meeting with owners of private medical association, Zahid Maelque said the owners of the private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centers have agreed to keep open their health service providing centers.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced Tuesday that the government has decided to give incentives for doctors, nurses, health workers and other employees of the republic, who deployed themselves with bravery, in the war against COVID-19.

To ensure an early detection of deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) in one’s body and seek help to get cured, Dhaka city unit of Bangabandhu Parishad has launched a self-test app.

A guitarist died in Narayanganj early Tuesday after suffering for several days with fever, cough, cold and breathing problem, sources said.