The number of daily coronavirus infection cases hit all-time record as 5,358 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning.
The number of deaths also jumped to 52 during the period.According to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the country’s coronavirus situation is getting worse as 5,358 new cases were detected in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning, raising the total number to 6,11,295 across the country, including in Dhaka.
The number of new coronavirus infection cases in a day crossed 5,000 on Wednesday for the third consecutive day as earlier it was 5042 on Tuesday and 5181 on Monday.
The number of deaths has also jumped to 52 in the country in 24 hours till Wednesday morning. This was the highest number of deaths in a single day in the last seven months.
The total number of deaths from the deadly pathogen has reached 9,046. However, the death rate has declined to 1.48 percent.
Among the 52 deceased, 38 were men and 14 women while one was between 21-30 years old, five within 31-40, eight between 41-50, eight within 51-60 and 30 were above 60 years old.
The previous highest number of death from the disease was 54 which was reported in the country on August 26, last year.The daily infection detection rate rises to 19.90 per cent on March 31, 18.94 percent on March 30, 18.38 percent on March 29, 17.65 percent on March 28, 14.90 percent on March 27, 13.69 percent on March 26, 13.26 percent on March 25 and 12.97 percent on March 24, 13.69 percent on March 23 and 11.69 percent on March 22.
Some 2,219 more patients have recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total number to 5,42,399 in the country till the day. On the other hand, the recovery rate has declined to 88.73 per cent on Wednesday which was 89.15 on Tuesday and 89.54 percent on Monday.
The DGHS said 13.09 percent of the samples have been diagnosed with coronavirus till the date while 19.90 percent samples have been diagnosed with the fatal disease in a day.
A total of 26,671 samples, out of 26,931 collected, were tested at 224 labs in the country during the period, the report added.
A total of 46,70,576 samples have been tested so far to detect coronavirus infection across the country. The first case of Covid-19 was detected on March 8 last year while the first death was recorded on March 18 the same year in the country.
The number of coronavirus tests and new infection case detections started to decline in the first week of July last year and the fall continued till the first week of March this year. However, the infections and deaths started rising further from March 10 and jumped to the highest single-day cases on Monday.
The hospital sources said a scarcity of ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds has been created in the Covid-19 dedicated hospitals due to surge of the patients while ICU beds at some hospitals have already been occupied particularly by a number of young coronavirus infected patients.
However, the government has taken initiative to increase 3,000 beds for Covid-19 patients in different hospitals across the country.
The DGHS said it has identified 31 districts of the country as highly coronavirus transmitted areas.
The districts are Moulvibazar, Munshiganj, Chattogram, Dhaka, Sylhet, Narsingdi, Khulna, Narayanganj, Rajbari, Feni, Noakhali, Chandpur, Shariatpur, Laxmipur, Cumilla, Barishal, Rajshahi, Bogura, Narail, Nilphamari, Gazipur, Faridpur, Brahmanbaria, Jashore, Madaripur, Naogaon, Rangpur, Kishorganj, Natore, Tangail and Cox’s Bazaar districts.
The areas have been marked as ‘risky places’ considering the high number of Covid-19 cases.
The DGHS sources said on March 13, six districts were found to be at highly transmitted area of coronavirus and marked as high risk area of infection. A week later, on March 20, the number of districts rose to 20, and after the analysis of March 24, the total number of risky districts was 29.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Monday issued an 18-point directive, including limiting public gatherings for the next two weeks, in an effort to contain the spread of the virus in Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, the health and family welfare ministry has proposed partial lockdowns for some places with higher coronavirus transmission rates, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said Monday.