News Desk: Bangladesh on Wednesday recorded 16 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 1,684 fresh cases overnight. The recovery count rose to 2,97,449 after another 1,576 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said today.
“Sixteen more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 5,593,” the release said.
It said the tally of infections has surged to 3,82,959 as 1,684 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.
A total of 14,411 samples were tested at 109 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.
Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 11.69 percent tested positive, while 18.13 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.
Among the total infections, 77.67 percent patients have recovered, while 1.46 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.
Among the 16 deaths, 13 are male and 3 female, the press release said, adding, five are in their 40s, two in their 50s, while nine are above 60 years.
According to the division-wise data, 10 deaths took place in Dhaka division and rests are in other divisions.
Among the total 5,593 deaths, 2,854 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,124 in Chattogram division, 360 in Rajshahi division, 452 in Khulna division, 193 in Barishal division, 238 in Sylhet division, 254 in Rangpur division and 118 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.
A total of 21,12,448 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country.
The DGHS said in order to make treatment facilities easily available for the COVID-19 patients, the government has introduced telemedicine services comprising 100 physicians, for round- the-clock in the country.
A total of 4,74,868 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.
The DGHS said 2,17,27,660 people received healthcare services from hotline mobile numbers and health web portals as the government formed a group of medical professionals to provide emergency healthcare services.
To receive information and treatment facilities on COVID-19, the contact hotline and mobile numbers are 16263; 333; 10655 and 01944333222.
As of October 14, 2020, 10:45 GMT, 1,091,759 have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 38,426,330 currently confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
China was the world’s first country which on January 11 reported the first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province.