The death toll from coronavirus crossed the 200 mark in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning as infections from the deadly pathogen are spreading fast to different parts of the country.
The country saw a new record of 201 corona deaths and 11,162 cases recorded in the last 24 hours till 8:00am, says a report of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).Earlier, highest 164 corona deaths were reported on July 5 and highest 11,525 infections on July 6 in the country.
The country has seen more than hundred single-day deaths from the contagious virus for the last 11 consecutive days while daily detection of over 6,000 cases for 10 days in a row.
A total of 1,090 people died and 64,310 got infected with the virus in the first week of July in Bangladesh which is the highest compared to any week’s tally during the corona pandemic.
The highest corona deaths were reported again in Khulna division while the highest cases in Dhaka division in the last 24 hours. The highest 16 deaths were reported in Kushtia district during the time.
Of the 11,162 new cases, 4,732 were reported in Dhaka division, 392 in Mymensingh, 1,586 in Chattogram, 997 in Rajshahi, 571 in Rangpur, 1,900 in Khulna, 622 in Barishal and 362 in Sylhet division, the DGHS data said.
Of the total 201 deaths, 58 were reported in Dhaka division, 21 in Chattogram, 18 in Rajshahi, 66 in Khulna, seven in Barishal, 14 in Rangpur, eight in Mymensingh and nine in Sylhet division.With the detection of new 11,162 corona cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of cases has risen to 9,77,568. The daily infection rate has soared to 31.32 percent during the time.
A total of 15,593 corona patients have died in Bangladesh so far with 201 new deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. The death rate has risen to 1.60 percent. Around 5,987 corona patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of people recovered to 8,50,502 in the country till the day. The recovery rate has declined to 87 percent.
The DGHS said infection detection rate has also risen as 14.31 percent of the samples have been diagnosed with corona till the date while 31.32 percent samples diagnosed with the virus in a day.
A total of 35,639 samples, out of 37,147 collected, were tested at 605 labs in the country during the period, the report said. A total of 68,29,832 samples have been tested so far across the country.
The first corona case was detected in the country on March 8 last year while the first death from the virus was recorded on March 18 the same year.Both infections and fatalities started to decline from the first week of July last year and the fall continued till the first week of March this year. But corona deaths and cases started rising further from March 10.
Hospital sources said country’s corona situation has been worsening day by day, particularly in Khulna division.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), as of 4 July 2021, general and ICU bed occupancy increased in all divisions compared to the week before. As per the total capacity, Rajshahi division experienced the highest general bed occupancy (88pc), followed by Barishal (65pc), and the highest ICU occupancy in Rangpur division (92pc) followed by Sylhet (90pc).
In the epidemiological week 26 (till July 4), all the divisions experienced an increment of weekly new cases; the highest increase observed in Barishal division, 119.4pc, followed by the Sylhet division 107.4pc, Dhaka division 80.4pc, Mymensingh division 77.4pv, Chattogram division 57.9pc, Rangpur division 39.0pc, Khulna division 17.7pc and Rajshahi division 14.2pc.
Meanwhile, speaking health bulletin on the DGHS, its spokesperson Dr. Md. Nazmul Islam on Tuesday claimed that there is no crisis of coronavirus test kit and oxygen in the country at this moment.
"We’re now focusing on raising the number of beds and reshuffling manpower in the corona dedicated hospitals. We’re also considering setting up of field hospitals," he said.
The DGHS official said it will be a challenge to control the situation if the number of patients continues to rise at the current rate.