Medical &Health

Covid-19: Bangladesh logs 2,322 new cases, 44 deaths

Although district administrations have imposed lockdowns or partial restrictions in most of the frontier districts to bring the situation under control, the rates of infections and deaths are on the rise.

The latest death toll pushed up the fatalities to 12,913. The Covid-19 death toll crossed 12,000-mark in Bangladesh on May 11.

With the new cases, the total caseload rose to 8,15,282, said a handout of the Directorate General of Health.

The health authorities detected the new cases after testing 19,165 samples during the period.

The daily infection rate increased to 12.12 percent from Monday’s 11.47 percent while the mortality rate remained static at 1.58 percent.

So far, 7,55,302 people have recovered from the disease with 2,062 new ones. Putting the recent recovery rate at 92.64%.

Read: In Khulna, a scramble for Covid hospital beds

The deadly virus claimed 11 lives in Dhaka and Rajshahi each, seven in Chattogram, six in Khulna, five in Rangpur, two in Mymensigh and Sylhet each during the period.

Vaccination drive

Around 5,563 people have received the second dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in the last 24 hours.

A total number of 42,28,741 people got their doses of this vaccine while the number is 58,20,015 for the first one. Besides, the total number of people receiving their first jab of Chinese Sinopharm vaccine reached 2,162 during the period.

Bangladesh launched its vaccination drive on February 7 with Oxford-AstraZeneca doses bought from India’s Serum Institute.

So far, four vaccines – Oxford-AstraZeneca (Covishield), Sputnik-V, Sinopharm, and Pfizer-BioNTech – have got the approval for emergency use in Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, seven million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine reached Bangladesh, and the governments of India and China gave 3.2 million doses and 500,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine as gifts respectively.

However, the country, the prime recipient of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, has suspended the registration for Covid-19 jabs due to vaccine shortage amid a delay in the arrival of shipments from India.

US delivers emergency medical supplies

The United States, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), on Monday night delivered to Bangladesh its latest shipment of emergency medical supplies to save lives, stop the spread of Covid-19, and meet the urgent health needs of the Bangladeshi people.

This latest delivery brings the financial value of US pandemic assistance to Bangladesh to more than $84 million, tweeted US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller.

The emergency medical supplies include critical personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals and other frontline workers, as well as fingertip pulse oximeters.

Source: United News of Bangladesh