Bangladesh has now smashed the record for most infections from coronavirus in a single day with a crisis of general and intensive care unit (ICU) beds feared amid the deadly virus onslaught.
Over the last 24 hours till Monday, 8,364 new cases were reported in the country to bring the caseload to 896,770.The daily positivity rate has also jumped to 23.86 per cent, highest since April 4, while the overall infection rate stands at 13.71 per cent.
Previous highest 7,626 infections were logged on April 7 last.
The grim record came a after the country recorded highest daily deaths from the virus.
On Sunday, Bangladesh registered 119 virus-related deaths, highest single-day tally since the pandemic. According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 104 more Covid-19 patients died during the last 24 hours, taking the national death tally to 14,276 with a case fatality rate of 1.59 per cent.
Highest deaths were reported in Khulna division in the last 24 hours again while highest infections in Dhaka division.
Of the 104 new deaths, 35 were registered in Khulna division while 27 in Dhaka, 19 in Chattogram, nine in Rangpur, seven in Rajshahi, five in Mymensingh and two in Barishal division.However, no Covid-19 death was reported in Sylhet division during the period.
Among the 8,364 infections, 3,998 were reported in Dhaka division, including Dhaka city (3,165) while 273 in Mymensingh, 811 in Chattogram, 883 in Rajshahi, 520 in Rangpur, 1,464 in Khulna, 181 in Barishal and 234 in Sylhet division.
With this, 1,158 Covid-19 patients died and 69,848 infections were reported across the country in the last 15 days since June 14.
Some 3,570 patients have recovered from the fatal disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries to 807,673 with a recovery rate of 90.06 per cent.
A total of 35,059 samples, out of 36,783 collected, were tested at 564 labs in the country during the period. With this, 6,541,840 samples have so far been tested across the country.
Health experts fear that there might be a crisis of general and ICU beds in hospitals again if the current trend of coronavirus infections continues and many Covid-19 patients may die for lack of proper treatment.
They said the highly contagious Delta variant of coronavirus might spread all over the country if people show reluctance to maintain health guidelines, aggravating the situation.
“There’s no alternative to adhering to safety protocols to bring the coronavirus situation under control,” Prof Dr Tahmina Shirin, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told the Daily Sun.
Speaking at a health bulletin, DGHS Spokesperson Dr Robed Amin on Monday said the number of patients in government general hospitals, medical college hospitals and private hospitals has seen a rise. “The hospitals have been kept ready for Covid-19 patients but the empty beds will be occupied if the infections keep rising. Already the ICU bed occupancy has increased in Dhaka city,” he said.