1,617 new corona cases detected, 16 more die

Staff Correspondent

21 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Sixteen people died of coronavirus and 1,617 new cases of infection were detected in the country in the last 24 hours till 8:00am on Wednesday.

Some 11,138 samples were collected and 10,207 tested at 43 labs across the country during the period.

“Sixteen people died and 1,617 new coronavirus infected people were detected in the last 24 hours,” said Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General (administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The DGHS official came up with the information while addressing a regular health bulletin at the DGHS headquarters in Mohakhali of the capital.

Prof Nasima said 214 more coronavirus infected patients were released from various hospitals after making full recovery from the extremely infectious disease in the past 24 hours. A total of 5,207 people have returned to their homes after full recovery from different hospitals.

New cases of coronavirus infection and deaths from the virus are increasing in the country despite the efforts to contain its further spread.Among the deceased, seven were from Dhaka, five from Chattogram, one from Sylhet and another was from Rangpur division.

Of them, 13 were male and three female, the DGHS official said, adding that 12 of them died while being treated at different hospitals and the other four at their respective homes.

Of them, one was a child under 10 years old while the rest were adults — one within 21-30 years, one between 31-40, one between 41-50, five within 51-60, four between 61-70, two within 71-80 and another within 81-90 years old, Dr Nasima added. According to the latest reports, 1251 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours till Tuesday, 1602 on Monday, 1273 on Sunday, 930 on Saturday, 1202 on Friday, 1,041 on Thursday and 1,163 on Wednesday while the DGHS records show that 969 coronavirus infection cases were detected on Tuesday, 1,034 cases on Monday, 887 on Sunday, 636 on Saturday and 709 on Friday.

Dr Nasima, also in charge of Director General of the DGHS, said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Bangladesh stands at 26,738 with 386 deaths so far. Around 2,03,852 samples were tested in the country to diagnose the Covid-19 disease. Health officials said that the number of people recovering from the Covid-19 is also on the rise, but at the same time the number of new cases has also gone up as test facilities have been expanded. Prof Nasima said 48,883 people are staying in home quarantine, 4,058 in institutional quarantine and 3,816 in hospitals and other isolation.

The World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11. Bangladesh confirmed its first coronavirus cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.

The number of Covid-19 cases went up in recent days as test facilities have been expanded across the country.