RANGPUR: The number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases has rapidly crossed the 24,000 mark with diagnosis of 275 afresh in Rangpur division where the positivity rate continues rising in recent weeks.
According to health officials, the number of Covid-19 cases quickly climbed to 24,073 as 275 more patients were reported after testing 1,018 samples of the division with the positivity rate of 27.01 percent on Friday, reports BSS.Earlier, the daily positivity rates were 41.74 percent on Thursday, 37.85 percent on Wednesday, 35.95 percent on Tuesday, 34.58 on Monday, 38.94 percent on Sunday and 35.20 percent on Saturday last in the division.
The district-wise breakup of total 24,073 patients stands at 5,672 in Rangpur, 966 in Panchagarh, 1,757 in Nilphamari, 1,343 in Lalmonirhat, 1,575 in Kurigram, 2,849 in Thakurgaon, 7,947 in Dinajpur and 1,964 in Gaibandha of the division.
“The positivity rate continues rising with an increasing number of deaths amid a declining recovery rate in the division,” said Focal Person of Covid-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr ZA Siddiqui.
Meanwhile, four more Covid-19 related deaths were reported from Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon and Dinajpur on Friday raising the number of casualties to 487 in the division.
The district-wise breakup of the 487 fatalities stands at 109 in Rangpur, 176 in Dinajpur, 70 in Thakurgaon, 38 in Nilphamari, 27 in Kurigram, 22 in Panchagarh, 23 in Gaibandha and 22 in Lalmonirhat districts of the division.
“The average casualty rate currently stands at 2.02 percent in the division,” Dr Siddiqui added.Talking to BSS, Acting Divisional Director (Health) Dr Abu Md Zakirul Islam said a total of 1,49,769 collected samples were tested till Friday, and of them, 24,073 were found Covid-19 positive with an average positivity rate of 16.07 percent. Meanwhile, the total number of healed Covid-19 patients reached 19,296 with recovery of 132 more infected patients on Friday in the division where the average recovery rate currently stands at 80.16 percent.
“The average recovery rate of Covid-19 infected patients was 97.55 percent more than three months ago on March 9 last in the division where it sharply dropped by 17.39 percent to 80.16 on Friday,” Dr Islam said.
The 19,296 recovered patients included 4,962 of Rangpur, 827 of Panchagarh, 1,588 of Nilphamari, 1,122 of Lalmonirhat, 1,258 of Kurigram, 1,722 of Thakurgaon, 6,033 of Dinajpur and 1,784 of Gaibandha districts in the division.
Among the 24,073 infected patients, 285 are undergoing treatment at isolation units, including 23 critical patients at ICU beds and 11 at High Dependency Unit beds, after recovery of 19,296 patients and 487 deaths while 4,216 are remaining in home isolation.
Meanwhile, the number of citizens who got the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine rose to 5,99,776, and among them, 3,88,375 got the second dose of the jab till Thursday in the division, Dr Islam added.
Chief of Divisional Coronavirus Service and Prevention Task Force and Principal of Rangpur Medical College Professor Dr. AKM Nurunnobi Lyzu urged everyone to strictly abide by the health directives to remain safe from the Covid-19 infection.