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Covid makes resurgence

Second wave claims 28 lives in 24 hrs

FE REPORT | November 22, 2020 00:00:00

A total of 28 people died of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, giving credence to the onset of the second wave of the respiratory illness in Bangladesh, which could turn deadlier in winter.

With the new figures, the death toll from the lethal virus reached 6,350 at the end of 47th epidemiological week in the country, the state-run Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a statement.

Health Minister Zahed Maleque on Friday said the second wave of the pandemic has already swept the country.

Between November 15 and November 21, the fatalities witnessed a sharp spike by 42.74 per cent to 177 from 124 deaths reported in the previous week.

The number of detection and samples also increased by 26.02 per cent and 11.08 per cent respectively in the week, compared with a week earlier.

On Saturday, the DG Health reported 1,847 new cases, taking the total tally to 445,281 since the country reported the first infection on March 08 this year.

Bangladesh has recorded 16.90 per cent detection, 80.93 per cent recovery and 1.43 per cent fatality rates to date.

All the deaths in the 24-hour period took place in hospitals, while 18 were male and 10 female.

Some 19 were aged over 60 years, six were within 51-60, and the remaining three were below fifty years.

Most of the deaths or 16 were reported in Dhaka Division, three each in Chattogram and Rajshahi, two each in Khulna and Barishal, and one each of Sylhet and Rangpur.

Some 12,643 samples were tested in 117 laboratories across the country, the DGHS data revealed.

The country has tested 2,635,202 samples since February.

In the latest reporting period, 1,921 people recovered from the viral disease taking the total figure to 3,603,582.

Currently 39,397 people are staying in quarantine following the release of 827 and inclusion of 681 afresh in the 24-hour period.

Besides, 14,416 people, including 164 new, are now living in isolation.

Bangladesh is currently the 24th hardest-hit nation in terms of total cases on the planet that has reported 58.02 million cases since November last year.

Bangladesh, a nation of 170 million, is the fifth worse-hit nation in Asia, according to data available with the information portal Worldometers.

The deadly virus claimed 1.38 million lives across the globe after it was detected first in China.

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