Though the country today entered the 13th day of a two-week countrywide strict lockdown aimed at curbing the surge in coronavirus transmission, both deaths and infections from the virus continued to rise with hospitals overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said 235 Covid-19 patients died and 15,776 infections were detected in the last 24 hours till 8am on Tuesday.
Highest 16,230 cases were reported on July 28 and record 258 deaths on July 27.
Amid the grim picture, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Tuesday said 90 percent of general beds and 95 percent of ICU beds at Covid-dedicated hospitals have been occupied in the country while Covid-19 patients have been admitted to many hospitals beyond their capacity. “We’ve taken another decision that every Covid-19 patient needs not to be hospitalised. We’ve planned to hire hotels for the patients with mild symptoms. In hotels, there’ll be doctors, nurses and medicines and we’ll also provide oxygen there,” he said.
With the fresh 15,776 cases, the number of total infections has risen to 1,296,093 with a daily positivity rate of 28.54 percent while the overall infection rate has risen to 16.41 percent.
Besides, the national death toll has jumped to 21,397 with a case fatality rate of 1.65 percent.
The country has seen more than 100 single-day deaths from the virus for 38 consecutive days.
Already, 712 Covid-19 patients died and 46,609 infections were reported in only three days of the current month of August.
A total of 3,36,226 people were infected with the virus and 6,182 corona patients died across the country in July month which is the highest compared to any same period during the pandemic.
The DGHS said coronavirus situation is deteriorating in the capital as the highest corona deaths and infections were registered in Dhaka division in the last 24 hours.
Among the 235 deceased, 140 were men and 95 were women. Of them, one was between 11-20 years, four were between 21-30, 15 between 31-40, 25 between 41-50, 54 between 51-60, 80 between 61-70, 41 between 71-80, 11 were between 81-90 and four between 91-100 years.
Of the 235 fresh deaths, 73 were reported in Dhaka division while 65 in Chattogram, 21 in Rajshahi, 32 in Khulna, 12 in Mymensingh, 12 in Rangpur, 12 in Sylhet and eight in Barishal division.
Of the 15,776 new cases, 7,735 were logged in Dhaka division while 638 in Mymensingh, 3,734 in Chattogram, 771 in Rajshahi, 502 in Rangpur, 946 in Khulna, 740 in Barishal and 710 in Sylhet division.
Around 16,297 corona patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries to 1,125,045. The recovery rate has stood at 86.80 percent.
A total of 55,284 samples, out of 57,297 collected, were tested at 697 labs in the country during the period. With this, 7,899,170 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.
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.