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Corona infections decline further

36 more die, 1376 cases detected

  • Mohammad Al Amin
  • 23 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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The Covid-19 infection rate has declined further in the country with the corona dedicated hospitals open to non-Covid patients across the country.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said with the rise in the coronavirus infections, a number of hospitals were turned into Covid dedicated hospitals and units were also opened at many other hospitals across the country in a bid to ensure proper treatment for corona patients.

“We’ve already given necessary instructions to open the hospital beds dedicated for corona patients in Covid-19 dedicated hospitals and other hospitals where Covid units were opened for non-covid patients,” Dr Md Farid Hossain Miah, director (hospital) of the DGHS, told the Daily Sun.

The health directorate data said the single-day coronavirus infection rate has been reported below 5 percent in the country for the last consecutive days while the number of casualty has also declined.

Over 82 percent hospital beds designated for coronavirus patients have become vacant across the country as the infection rate of the deadly pathogen has been declining for the last few weeks, it added.

Mentioning that a number of beds designated for corona patients have been lying vacant due to lack of patients, Farid Hossain said the Covid-19 dedicated hospitals will continue admitting the patients while general hospitals that opened corona units, will restart admitting the non-covid patients.

In the capital, corona units were opened at some hospitals, including BSMMU, Mugda Medical College Hospital, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, NICVD, National Institute of Kidney Diseases and Urology, National Institute of Neurosciences and Hospital and National Institute of Traumatology & Orthopaedic Rehabilitation.

On the other hand, some other government hospitals, including Kurmitola General Hospital, Dhaka Medical College Hospital (unit 2) and its Burn unit, Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Govt Hospital, DNCC Covid-19 hospital and Rajarbag Police Hospital were dedicated to coronavirus infected patients.

According to the DGHS data available on September 22, there were 15,414 general beds and 1,258 ICU (intensive care unit) beds for Covid-19 patients in public and private hospitals across the country.

Around 82 percent or 12,719 general beds and 835 ICU beds have remained vacant as a total of 2,695 Covid-19 patients were admitted to general beds and 423 were in ICU beds across the country.

In the capital, of the total 3,890 corona dedicated general beds and 382 ICU beds in 17 government hospitals, total 2,818 general beds and 212 ICU beds remained vacant, the DGHS data said.

The DGHS data said some 147 general beds and 14 ICU beds have remained vacant out of the total 169 general beds and 26 ICU beds in Covid-19 dedicated Kuwait-Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital, some 82 general beds and zero ICU bed are vacant out of total 275 general beds and 10 ICU beds in Kurmitola General Hospital, 408 general beds and zero ICU beds are vacant out of a total of 845 general beds and 20 ICU beds in Dhaka Medical College Hospital (unit 2) and burn unit of the hospital.

The coronavirus infection and fatalities have been declining day by day across the country, including in Dhaka, as the single-day infection rate has remained below five percent for the two consecutive days.

The DGHS data said 36 coronavirus infected patients died and 1,376 infection cases were detected in the last 24 hours till 8:00am on Wednesday.

Also, the positivity rate has been reported 4.79 percent in the last 24 hours while it was 4.69 percent on Tuesday, 5.67 percent was reported on Monday, 5.62 percent on Sunday and 6.05 percent on Saturday.

The number of total infections has risen to 15,47,176 with the overall infection rate 16.24 percent.

Besides, the national death toll has increased to 27,313 with a case fatality rate of 1.77 percent.

At the same time, the recovery rate continued to improve in the country reaching 97.35 percent with the recuperation of a good number of Covid-19 patients every day.

Some 1,427 more Covid-19 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning, raising the total number of recoveries to 1,506,136.

A total of 28,736 samples, out of 28,986 collected, were tested at 810 labs in the country during the period. With this, 95,27,150 samples have so far been tested across the country.

Speaking at a health bulletin of the DGHS, its spokesperson Prof Dr Robed Amin said the current coronavirus situation of Bangladesh is better than any other countries of the Southeast Asia as the daily infection rate has declined to below 5 percent only here.

“If we can bring down the infection rate to zero percent and the situations remains constant for two or three consecutive weeks than we can say that the coronavirus situation is our under control,” he said.

Robed Amin also said with the decrease in the covid-19 cases, a large number of the hospitals’ general and the ICU beds now remained vacant in the country.