Corona Update

210 more die, 12,383 infected

Staff Correspondent

15 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Coronavirus continues to play havoc in the country as 210 more people died and 12,383 have been infected with the contagious virus in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

With the new fatalities, the number of deaths from the deadly bug has crossed 17,000, showing no let-up in the alarming situation despite the country-wide strict lockdown.

The number of both fatalities and infections increased in the last 24 hours till 8:00am compared to Tuesday’s tally which saw 203 deaths and 12,198 cases during the same period.  

Highest 230 deaths were reported on July 11 and highest 13,768 cases on July 13 in the country. The country has seen more than hundred single-day deaths from the virus for the last 18 consecutive days while the daily detection of over 8,000 cases for the 11 days in a row.

A total of 2,549 people died and 1,47,280 got infected with the virus across the country in 14 days of July which is the highest compared to the same period during the pandemic.

Highest corona deaths and infections were reported in Dhaka division in the last 24 hours, according to a report of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). 

Of the total 210 deaths, 69 were reported in Dhaka division, 39 in Chattogram, 15 in Rajshahi, 46 in Khulna, eight in Mymensingh, 14 in Rangpur, nine in Sylhet and 10 in Barishal divisions.

Of the 12,383 new cases, 5,058 were reported in Dhaka division, 484 in Mymensingh, 2,470 in Chattogram, 1,196 in Rajshahi, 588 in Rangpur, 1,621 in Khulna, 533 in Barishal and 433 in Sylhet division, the DGHS data said.

With the detection of new 12,383 cases, the total number of corona cases has risen to 10,59,538 in the country. The daily infection rate has stood at 29.14 percent during the time.

A total of 17,052 people have died of the coronavirus in the country so far with the latest single-day 210 deaths. The death rate has remained unchanged as 1.61 percent.

Around 8,245 corona patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of people recovered to 8,97,412 in the country till the day. The recovery rate has declined to 84.70 percent.

The DGHS said infection rate has also risen as 14.92 percent of the samples have been diagnosed with corona till the date while 29.14 percent samples diagnosed with the virus in a day.

A total of 42,490 samples, out of 44,810 collected, were tested at 627 labs in the country during the period, th DGHS report said. A total of 70,99,479 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.

Locals and hospital sources said corona situation continues to worsen in different districts across the country, including Dhaka city as a large number of patients are not undergoing corona test despite having symptoms.

A report of World Health Organisation (WHO) said in the epidemiological week 27 till July 11, all divisions experienced an increment of weekly new cases; the highest increase observed in Barishal division, 114.5pc followed by Chattogram division 77.0pc, Sylhet division 67.8pc, Mymensingh division 44.2pc, Khulna division 30.8pc, Dhaka division 25.1pc, Rangpur division 19.8pc and Rajshahi division 15.4pc.

According to DGHS, as of 11 July 2021, there are 15 043 general beds dedicated to corona treatment countrywide, 66.7pc (10029) of which were occupied. 37.7pc of the dedicated general beds are in Dhaka city. There are 1 263 dedicated ICU beds in the country, of which 76.2pc (962) were occupied; 68.2pc of the dedicated ICU beds are in Dhaka City.

As of July 11, general and ICU beds' occupancy increased in all divisions compared to the week before. ICU occupancy continued to increase in most of the divisions while decreased in Mymensingh and Rangpur divisions due to increased capacity. Rajshahi division experienced overall highest general bed occupancy (91pc) and the highest ICU occupancy observed in Sylhet division (91pc) followed by Rajshahi (86pc) and Dhaka (81pc).

Spokesperson for DGHS Prof Dr Robed Amin at a health bulletin called upon people to receive vaccine and maintain health guidelines, including wearing masks to prevent corona infection.