Country sees record corona deaths, cases

230 more die, 11,860 infected

Staff Correspondent

12 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Country sees record corona deaths, cases

Coronavirus situation continues to worsen across the country as highest 230 deaths and 11,860 infections from the deadly pathogen were recorded in the last 24 hours till Sunday.          

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a report that 230 more people have died of the virus and 11,860 cases detected in the last 24 hours till 8:00am.

Earlier, highest 212 deaths were reported on July 9 and highest 11,651 infections on July 8 in the country.

The country has seen more than hundred single-day deaths from the virus for the last 15 consecutive days while the daily detection of over 8,000 cases for the eight days in a row.

A total of 1,916 people died and 1,07931 infected with the virus across the country in nine days of July which is the highest compared to the same period during the pandemic.

The DGHS report further said that the highest corona deaths were reported in Khulna division while the highest cases were reported in Dhaka division in the last 24 hours.

Of the total 230 deaths, 56 were reported in Dhaka division, 39 in Chattogram, 26 in Rajshahi, 66 in Khulna, five in Mymensingh, 22 in Rangpur, eight in Sylhet and eight in Barishal division.

Of the 11,874 new cases, 4,961 were reported in Dhaka division, 556 in Mymensingh, 1,553 in Chattogram, 1,153 in Rajshahi, 748 in Rangpur, 1,591 in Khulna, 710 in Barishal and 602 in Sylhet division, the DGHS data said.

With the detection of new 11,874 corona cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of cases has risen to 10,21189. The daily infection rate has stood at 29.67 percent during the time. A total of 16,419 corona patients have died in the country so far with the latest single-day 230 deaths. The death rate has risen to 1.61 percent.

Around 6,362 corona patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of people recovered to 8,74,501 in the country till the day. The recovery rate has declined to 85.64 percent.

The DGHS said infection rate has also risen as 14.65 percent of the samples have been diagnosed with corona till the date while 29.67 percent samples diagnosed with the virus in a day.

A total of 40,015 samples, out of 39,860 collected, were tested at 613 labs in the country during the period, the report said. A total of 69,71,167 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.

Local hospital sources said corona infections are now increasing simultaneously in Khulna and Dhaka divisions.

General and ICU bed occupancy also has been increasing day by day as many of the hospitals in Dhaka and Khulna divisions have been flooded with Covid-19 patients, the sources added.

Locals said corona situation continues to worsen in several districts across the country, including Dhaka city as a large number of patients are not undergoing corona test even though they have symptoms. Many patients are dying after rushing to hospitals in severe condition.  

The DGHS said bed occupancy has crossed the capacity with corona patients in Kurmitola General Hospital in Dhaka city and Chattogram Medical College Hospital in Chattogram city.

Bed crisis also prevails in different other hospitals across the country.  All beds lie occupied in Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, upazila health complexes in Feni, Chandpur General Hospital, Cumilla Medical College Hospital, Shaheed Zaiur Rahman Medical College Bogura, Mohammadi Hospital in Bogura, Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, Rangpur Medical College Hospital, Dinajpur sadar hospital, M Abdur Rahim Medical College Dinajpur, TB Hospital and 250-bed General Hospital in Jashore, Kushtia General Hospital, Magura Sadar Hospital and Barguna district sadar hospital.

Prof Dr Robed Amin, spokesperson for DGHS, in a health bulletin said corona cases and deaths has been increasing in such a way that if the situation continues for a week, there will have no empty beds in hospitals for corona patients.

“If we can’t control the current rising trend of corona infections, the situation may turn alarming and all of us will be under threat,” he warned.

Meanwhile, speaking at a prgoramme of Directorate General of Family Planning virtually, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said coronavirus is spreading to villages faster than urban areas.

Explaining reason behind rise in corona fatalities, the minister said a large number of corona patients of villages are delaying to rush to the hospitals despite having symptoms.