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Corona crisis worsening

► Daily deaths, infections hit new record ► 247 more die, 15,192 infected in 24 hrs

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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No efforts seem to work to control the coronavirus situation as the country reported highest single-day deaths and infections from the virus over the last 24 hours till Monday morning.

During the period, highest-ever 247 Covid-19 patients lost their battle for life while record 15,192 infections were detected.

The uptick in the numbers came at a time when the country has been under strict lockdown aimed at curbing the virus surge.

Previous highest 231 deaths were reported on July 19 and record 13,768 cases on July 13.

With this, the total number of cases has risen to 1,179,827 with a daily positivity rate of 29.82 percent while the overall infection rate stands at 15.72 percent.

Besides, the national death toll has jumped to 19,521 with a case fatality rate of 1.65 percent.

The country has seen more than 100 single-day deaths from the virus for 30 consecutive days.

Health experts said people’s reluctance to comply with the government’s directives over the ongoing countrywide lockdown is one of the main reasons behind further surge in both deaths and infections from the virus.

Talking to reporters on Monday after joining the Cabinet meeting, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said 90 percent of the hospital beds across the country are occupied with Covid-19 patients with health workers getting exhausted.

He urged the authorities concerned to strictly enforce the lockdown restrictions and warned that terrible consequences are waiting for the country if lockdown is not maintained properly. “It’s unfortunate how people are moving outdoors, travelling only on the fourth day of lockdown, breaking the rules and risking lives.”

Zahid Maleque said the lockdown has to be made successful as there is no alternative to containing the coronavirus surge.

Of the 247 new deceased, 141 were men and 106 were women. Of them, two were within 11-20 years old, three between 21-30, 16 between 31-40, 30 between 41-50, 59 between 51-60, 73 between 61-70, 45 within 71-80, 17 were between 81-90, two between 91-100 years old.

A total of 5,015 people died and 267,569 were infected with the virus across the country in 26 days of July which is the highest compared to any same period during the pandemic.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the coronavirus situation is deteriorating in the capital as the highest corona deaths and infections were registered in Dhaka division in the last 24 hours.

According to the division-wise analysis, Chattogram saw a steep surge recording 61 deaths, up from 40 a day ago. However, Dhaka recorded highest 72 deaths followed by Chattogram.

Of the total 247 deaths, 72 were reported in Dhaka division while 61 in Chattogram, 21 in Rajshahi, 46 in Khulna, five in Mymensingh, 16 in Rangpur, 14 in Sylhet and 12 in Barishal division.

Of the 15,192 new cases, 7,953 were logged in Dhaka division while 595 in Mymensingh, 2,467 in Chattogram, 908 in Rajshahi, 678 in Rangpur, 1,186 in Khulna, 841 in Barishal and 564 in Sylhet division.

Around 11,052 corona patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries to 1,009,975. The recovery rate has declined to 85.60 percent.

A total of 50,952 samples, out of 53,316 collected, were tested at 639 labs in the country during the period. With this, 7,506,233 samples have so far been tested across the country.

Locals and hospital sources said the coronavirus situation continued to worsen in several districts across the country, including Dhaka city, as a large number of patients are not taking test even though they have symptoms.

The occupancy of general and ICU beds in Covid-19 units and hospitals across the country has also been increasing day by day while a number of hospitals are now overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients.