The daily death toll from coronavirus has passed the 100 mark for the first time in the country as 101 virus casualties were reported over the last 24 hours till Friday morning, creating panic among people amid a scarcity of beds at hospitals.
This is the biggest jump in daily virus fatalities since the pandemic. Previous highest 96 deaths were recorded on Wednesday.With the record daily 101 deaths, the national death tally has reached 10,182.
Of the new deceased, 67 were males and 34 females while 94 died in hospitals and seven at home. Of them, 63 were aged above 60 years while 23 aged between 51-60 years, eight aged between 41-50 years and seven aged between 31-40 years.
“Most of those who are dying from the virus are aged above 60 years. The condition of patients with comorbidity is also getting worse. A few young patients have also died recently,” Prof Dr Tahmina Shirin, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told the Daily Sun on Thursday.
The fatality rate has risen to 1.43 per cent which was 1.42 per cent on Thursday.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 4,417 new infections were detected in the last 24 hours, taking the total caseload to 711,779.
The daily positivity rate has also seen a rise over the last 24 hours reaching 23.36 per cent against Thursday’s 20.89 while the overall positivity rate has stood at 13.86 per cent.International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has said a humanitarian calamity is engulfing South Asia as Covid-19 skyrockets across several countries setting new records, with over 200,000 people getting infected every day.
South Asia is fast becoming the new global epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic, it said on Friday.
This deadlier and more infectious new wave is overwhelming hospitals and social systems, heaping more distress on hundreds of millions of people already experiencing poverty and hardship.
Both infections and deaths from coronavirus started to decline from the first week of July last year and the fall continued till the first week of March this year.
However, the numbers started rising further from March 10.
A recent study of icddr,b about the existence of different various variants said, “A dramatic change in the distribution of variants was observed when the South African variant appeared. It became the most prevalent variant during the third week of March 2021 by replacing other variants. Most remarkably, the South African variant occupied 81 per cent of the variants in the fourth week of March 2021.”
“The findings warrant continuous monitoring of genetic variations of SARS CoV-2, which is crucial for vaccine effectiveness and patients management,” it added.
Both government and private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients are now overwhelmed with coronavirus-infected people in the capital and elsewhere across the country and there is a crisis of both general and intensive care unit (ICU) beds.
According to the DGHS, there are 275 general beds for Covid-19 patients at Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital. However, 368 patients were admitted to the hospital till Friday morning.
Hospital authorities, physicians and nurses have been struggling to manage a growing number of patients over the last few weeks. Many hospitals have no adequate medical instruments to treat them.
The DGHS data said over 900 severe patients were undergoing treatment in ICU beds of 13 government and 30 private hospitals in Dhaka district till Friday morning.
Some 5,694 more patients have recovered from the fatal disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries to 602,908. The recovery rate has been reported at 84.70 per cent.
A total of 18,906 samples were tested at 257 labs in the country during the period. With this, 5,134,478 samples have so far been tested in the country.
The DGHS sources said an uncertainty looms large over the continuation of the vaccination programme as the government has not yet received any hint to get more vaccine doses soon from any source, including the Serum Institute of India (SII).