At least 1,063 infected people have returned to their homes after defeating COVID-19 so far amid fewer deaths during the past 24 hours across Bangladesh.
Health officials said Sunday that the number of people recovering from the COVID-19 is on the rise, but on the other hand the number of new cases has also gone up as test facilities have been expanded.The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said two more coronavirus infected patients died and 665 new cases were detected in the country during the past 24 hours till 8am on Sunday.
“Clinical Management Committee has fixed new criteria for patients who are recovering from covid-19 disease. As per the criteria, 1063 covid-19 patients recovered and were released from hospitals till Sunday,” Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General (administration) the DGHS told the daily online health bulletin from the organisation’s headquarter in Dhaka’s Mohakhali area on Sunday.
On April 20, the death toll from coronavirus infection crossed the 100-mark in Bangladesh, while on April 17, the country recorded the highest 15 deaths from the pandemic.
Nasima Sultana said of the recovered patients, 624 are from Dhaka city hospitals and the rest 439 from hospitals in different divisions of the country.
Those who returned home defeating COVID-19, 272 were from the Dhaka division except the metropolitan city, 72 in Chhattragram, two in Rajshahi, six in Khulna, 29 in Barishal, 25 in Rangpur, 31 in Mymnesingh and two in Sylhet divisions, she said.
In Dhaka city, 298 covid-19 patients were released after recovery from Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship government hospital, 213 from Kurmitola General Hospital, eight from Infectious Disease Hospital, 38 from Mohanagar General hospital, 15 from Regent Hospital, 26 from Rajarbag Police Line hospital, 4 from Lalkuthi hospital and 22 from Sajida Foundation hospital in Narayanganj.However, according to the DGHS total number of coronavirus patients who have recovered stood at 177 with three more leaving hospitals for their homes after defeating the disease in the past 24 hours till Saturday morning.
Prof Nasima Sultana said samples from 5,368 people have been tested while 665 new coronavirus infected patients have been detected and two more people died of the disease in the last 24 hours.
Of the new deceased, one is from Rangpur and another from Narayanganj. Among the two deceased, one was aged between 11-20 years while the other above 60 years.
The DGHS official said a total of 9,455 coronavirus infected patients have been detected after testing 81,434 samples and the death of 177 covid-19 patients have been confirmed so far in the country.
Bangladesh passed the 57th day since its first reported case of COVID-19 in Narayanganj. The country, on March 8, confirmed the first case and the first death from the viral disease on March 18.
The number of infectious disease went up in recent days as the number of tests were increased nationwide as had been earlier apprehended.
Prof Nasima said 62,444 people are staying in home quarantine, 5,295 in institutional quarantine and 1,637 in hospital and other isolation.
She said 615 institutions are ready with accommodation for 30,955 people for institutional quarantine.
According to the DGHS, the coronavirus transmission has spread to almost all the districts of the country except Rangamati district of Chattragram division and tests are underway in 33 laboratories across the country. Some private hospitals have also launched test facilities.