Global Covid cases near 232 million

The overall number of global Covid cases is fast approaching 232 million amid spread of Delta variant.

According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 231,517,674 with 4,742,776 fatalities as of Sunday morning.

The US has recorded 42, 940, 233 cases to date and more than 687,746 people have died so far from the virus in the country, said university data. Brazil which has been experiencing new wave of cases since January, registered 21,343,304 cases. Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll has also risen to 594,200.

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 33,624,419 on Saturday as 29,616 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry’s latest data.

Besides, as many as 290 deaths due to the pandemic since Friday morning took the death toll to 446,658.

Situation in Bangladesh

Covid-19 in Bangladesh claimed 25 more lives, the lowest in four months, and infected 818 in 24 hours till Saturday morning.

The number of single-day Covid cases was recorded below 1,000 in May 17 last, logging 698 cases.

The new cases were detected after testing 17,818 samples slightly raising the daily case positivity rate to 4.59 percent from Friday’s 4.54 percent, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Bangladesh saw its highest-ever 16,230 daily Covid cases on July 28.

The new numbers took the country’s total fatalities to 27,393 while the caseload mounted to 1,550,371.

Meanwhile, the fatality rate increased slightly to 1.77 percent from yesterday’s 1.76 percent.

On Thursday, the country recorded the lowest Covid deaths of 24 since May 15 when the country saw 22 single-day deaths.

Besides, the recovery rate increased slightly to 97.41 per cent on Friday with the recovery of 965 patients during the 24-hour period.

So far, 1,510,167 people have recovered from the deadly virus infections, the DGHS added.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the daily case positivity rate remaining at 5 percent or below for 14 days is considered safe for mass unlocking.

However, Bangladesh eased its lockdown restrictions on August 11, even though public health experts had warned of Delta variant spread.

Source: United Nations of Bangladesh

Three hurt in unexplained explosion while cutting tree at Rajbari

Three persons including a woman sustained injuries Sunday in an unexplained explosion at Baliakandi upazila of Rajbari district while cutting trees.

The injured are Aleya Khatun, 34, Abdar, 45, and Jinnat, 35.

Two of them were transferred to Faridpur Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College and Hospital as their injuries were critical.

Abdus Salam, Chairman of Narua Union said around 11 am an explosion occurred at Sadar Ali Sardar’s house when workers struck the root of a tree with an axe.

In the explosion two workers and the woman who brought water for them got injured, he said.

Some GI pipes were seen underneath the soil at the spot of the explosion, said the chairman.

Officer-in-Charge of Baliakandi police station Tariquzzaman said the reason behind the explosion couldn’t be identified yet. Investigation is going on.

Source: United Nations of Bangladesh

Dhaka to receive another 25 lakh Pfizer vaccine doses Monday

Twenty-five lakh more doses of Pfizer vaccine under COVAX facility are scheduled to reach Dhaka on Monday.

A cargo flight of National Airlines, carrying the vaccine doses gifted by the USA, will land at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 10:15 PM, said officials at the Health Ministry.

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller and DG of the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam will be present at the airport to receive the vaccine jabs.

Earlier, Bangladesh received over 1 lakh doses of Pfizer vaccine in the first phase and 10.03 lakh doses in the second phase from the US.

With the fresh batch, Bangladesh will receive a total of 36.04 lakh doses of the vaccine.

So far, the country has received 4.94 crore doses of Astra Zeneca, Sinopharm and Moderna vaccines under COVAX facility. Of these, 2,41,97,598 people got their first dose while 1,60,33,971 the second dose till September 25, according to the Health Ministry.

Besides, a process to bring 2 crore doses of Sinopharm vaccine each month is underway.

Apart from this, another process to procure 24 crore doses of vaccine through the World Health Organisation is going on.

Bangladesh started administering the first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at three centres in Dhaka to fight off Covid-19 on June 21.

The United States said it is committed to leading the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic and they will begin this summer the allocation of 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine it is providing to Gavi for distribution by COVAX to countries around the world. 

US President Joe Biden reaffirmed this commitment by announcing that his country will donate 80 million doses of vaccines to support global needs. 

The US is working with its G7 partners, the EU, COVAX, and others in a multilateral effort focused on saving lives, ending the pandemic, and supporting the global economic recovery.  

Source: United Nations of Bangladesh

Cyclone ‘Gulab’: Warning signal 2 issued for maritime ports

The maritime ports of the country have been advised to hoist distant warning signal number two as cyclonic storm ‘Gulab’ over Northwest Bay and adjoining West-Central Bay moved westwards and now lies over the same area.

It was centred at 6 am on Sunday about 665 kms Southwest of Chattogram port, 630 kms Southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 525 kms South of Mongla port and 530 kms south of Payra port, said a special bulleting of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

It is likely to move in a West-Northwesterly direction further.

Maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the cyclone centre is about 62 KPH rising to 88 kph in gusts or squalls.

Sea will remain very rough near the cyclone centre.

All fishing boats and trawlers over north Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution.

They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.

Source: United Nations of Bangladesh

Dengue claims 2 more lives in Dhaka, 242 new patients hospitalized

Two more dengue patients died in Dhaka and 242 new patients were hospitalized across the country in 24 hours till Sunday morning.

With the latest figure, the number of fatalities from the mosquito-borne disease rose to 61 this year, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Among the new patients, 185 were undergoing hospital treatment in Dhaka while the remaining 57 cases were reported from outside the division, according to DGHS.

Some 1,043 patients diagnosed with dengue fever are receiving treatment in the country as of Sunday morning.

Of them, 814 patients are receiving treatment at different hospitals in the capital while the remaining 229 were listed outside Dhaka.

Among the deceased, 56 died in Dhaka city alone, two each in Chattogram and Khulna divisions and one in Rajshahi.

Some 17,357 patients have been admitted to different hospitals with dengue since January.

So far, 16,253 dengue patients have left hospitals after recovery, said the DGHS. The number of dengue patients hospitalized in a single day was the highest with 343 patients on September 7.

In the month of August the country recorded the highest number of 7,698 dengue cases of the current year.

In July, 2,286 people were diagnosed with dengue and 12 died while in June 272 cases were recorded with no deaths.

Source: United Nations of Bangladesh

Dark Chocolate: Health Benefits, Nutrition, Side Effects

From babies to older people, it is hard to find anyone who doesn’t like chocolate. From chocolate bars to chocolate cakes, chocolate milkshakes, chocolate brownies, chocolate pastries, everything is mouthwatering. Chocolates have different varieties. Among them, the ‘Dark Chocolate’ satisfies not only the taste buds but also the soul. The habit of eating Dark chocolate provides a bunch of benefits to the mind and body. Let’s find out the health benefits and nutritional value of dark chocolate.

What is dark chocolate? How is it different from regular chocolates?

The main ingredient in chocolate is cocoa beans, which are rich in antioxidants and it is great for our body. Usually, the cocoa has a bitter taste, and Fat or sugar are usually added to remove the bitter taste of chocolate. But, in this process, the quality of chocolate is lost. So, to get the benefits of chocolate, you need to eat at least 70% or more of the cocoa in the chocolate.

Dark chocolate is one of the food ingredients full of antioxidants. It is basically a form of chocolate that contains cocoa butter and solid cocoa. Unlike regular chocolate, it doesn’t have any milk or butter. Usually, dark chocolate contains 50-90% of cocoa solids, sugar, and cocoa butter. However, the amount of butter is extremely low.

Usually, dark chocolates are distinguished by the availability of the percentage of cocoa solids in the bar. Normally most common types of dark chocolates are bittersweet, semi-sweet, and sweet.

Although the best quality dark chocolates should contain at least 70% of solid cocoa, the amount of cocoa in commercial dark chocolate may start from 30%. Usually, commercially produced dark chocolates contain 30-80% or higher for extremely dark or bitter bars.

The bitterness depends on the cocoa percentage. That is why the chocolate brands put the percentage of the dark on the level so that buyers can buy according to their needs.

How is dark chocolate produced?

Solid cocoa and cocoa butter are the main ingredients of dark chocolates. However, dark chocolate containing 100% cocoa will have an extremely bitter taste and might not be edible. Hence, to make it edible, producers add milk ingredients and sugars to reduce the bitterness. Furthermore, chocolate liquor and cocoa powder are also added. But the percentage of cocoa remains higher than other types of regular chocolate.

Benefits of dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is rich in active organic ingredients, which act as antioxidants. These ingredients are polyphenols, flavonols, etc. A study suggests that dark chocolate contains more antioxidant content than many fruits. While antioxidants prevent cell damage it also works on cancer prevention. Moreover, dark chocolates have other health benefits too.

Improves Heart health

The antioxidant ingredients available in dark chocolate can increase good cholesterol levels and lower the levels of bad cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. So, taking dark chocolate daily can reduce the chances of any coronary heart disease. Studies have shown that dark chocolate is more beneficial than milk chocolate. The study also found that dark chocolate can reduce the risk of death from heart problems by 50% over 15 years.

Reduces depression

Depression can hamper our body as well as the mind and various deadly diseases nest in the body. Eating dark chocolates regularly can fight depression. The antioxidant-rich ingredients in dark chocolate regulate blood flow to the brain. As a result, a type of hormone is released, which helps to keep the mind fresh. Also, other nutrients in dark chocolate help to increase mental strength by storing energy in the body.

Balances the cholesterol

If the cholesterol amount in the body increases, many problems may arise. The first problem that occurs after an increase in cholesterol is heart disease. Dark chocolate is one of the most important elements to lowering the cholesterol level in the body, hence it protects the heart against any diseases.

Studies have shown that the antioxidant ingredients and polyphenols in cocoa powder help the body reduce bad cholesterol levels and produce good cholesterol. As a result, the level of cholesterol in the body remains under control, and the problem of raising cholesterol does not occur. So, all the patients who are suffering from cholesterol-related problems should take some amount of dark chocolate daily.

Source of antioxidants

As we already know, dark chocolate is one of the most important sources of antioxidants. The flavonols in dark chocolate have a high amount of antioxidants. Which helps us improve heart health, fight deadly diseases like cancer and increase brain function.

Improve brain function

The flavonols in dark chocolate can improve a person’s mood. It can also improve brain health in adults. Dark chocolate also helps to improve the nervous system of the health, so the elderly can be given dark chocolate daily to improve their health if they have a mild mental disorder.

Controls blood pressure

Dark chocolate stimulates the production of nitric oxide in the body, which in turn increases blood flow and eliminates blood pressure problems. The ingredients in cocoa help the body to reduce bad cholesterol and produce good cholesterol.

Thus, the blood pressure remains under control. So, for those who are suffering from low or high blood pressure, dark chocolate is one of the special ingredients, which will help to control blood pressure and regulate the blood flow in the body.

Side Effects of dark chocolate

Dark chocolate can have some side effects if it is overused. Because dark chocolate is rich in cocoa, it contains high levels of caffeine. So, excessive intake can lead to anxiety.

The caffeine in dark chocolates can create problems in heartbeats in sensitive people. So, people with such problems should avoid excessive dark chocolates.

The caffeine contained in dark chocolate can cause a number of problems in the body. This can lead to problems like diarrhea, glaucoma, hypertension, stomach problems, osteoporosis. So, if you face such a problem, a doctor’s consultation is necessary before taking dark chocolates.

How much Dark Chocolate can you eat every day?

Although dark chocolates are good for the body, excessive eating may lead to health problems. Hence, experts recommend taking 1 to 2 ounces or 30-60g of dark chocolates every day. But before buying dark chocolate, keep in mind that there are different types of dark chocolate. And you should buy according to the ingredients you need.

Source: United Nations of Bangladesh

Murder in commuter train: Five robbers held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Sunday arrested five robbers in connection with the killing of two passengers during a robbery in a Jamalpur-bound commuter train.

The arrestees are Ashraful Islam Swadhin, 26, Maksudul Hauque Rishad, 28, Md Hasan, 22, Rubel Mia, 31, and Mohammad, 25..

A team of Rab-14 arrested Swadhin from Shikarikanda area of Mymensingh around 1am. Later, based on Swadhin’s information, Rab arrested other four robbers, media wing of the Rab Headquarter said in a press release.

Sharp weapons and mobile phone sets were seized from their possession during the arrest.

Earlier on Thursday night, two passengers were killed and another was injured after the gang of robbers stabbed them on the roof of the commuter train in Mymensingh’s Gafargaon upazila.

The robbers had climbed on top of the train and started robbing passengers travelling on the roof. The trio came under attack when they tried to catch the robbers.

When the train reached Jamalpur station, police rushed the three severely injured passengers to Sadar Hospital. Two of them were, however, declared dead on arrival.

Among the accused, Rishad had served jail for two years under narcotics case.

Source: United Nations of Bangladesh

80 lakh people to be vaccinated on PM’s birthday

Eighty lakh people will be vaccinated against Covid-19 on Tuesday under another phase of mass vaccination campaign, marking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s birthday.

“Another mass vaccination campaign will resume Tuesday. Eighty lakh people will be brought under the vaccination programme on the day on the occasion of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s birthday,” said Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Sunday at a virtual briefing.

The vaccine jabs will be administered from 9 am at 6,000 centres across the country, he said adding that in the first two hours women above 50 years and physically-challenged people will get the jabs on priority basis.

People will be given vaccine shots at the centers to be set up at 4,600 unions and 433 wards of 1054 municipalities and city corporations. “There’ll be three booths at union level, one at municipality level and three at city corporation level centres.”

Those who have got registered for vaccination but failed to get it timely will get priority during this campaign, said the minister.

“So far, we’ve collected 5.52 crore vaccine doses and 4.20 crore people have got vaccines,” he added.

Bangladesh on August 7 kicked off its mass vaccination drive to inoculate 35 lakh people in six days.

Covid-19 in Bangladesh claimed 25 more lives, the lowest in four months, and infected 818 in 24 hours till Saturday morning.

The number of single-day Covid cases was recorded below 1,000 in May 17 last, logging 698 cases.

The new cases were detected after testing 17,818 samples slightly raising the daily case positivity rate to 4.59 percent from Friday’s 4.54 percent, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Bangladesh saw its highest-ever 16,230 daily Covid cases on July 28.

The new numbers took the country’s total fatalities to 27,393 while the caseload mounted to 1,550,371.

Meanwhile, the fatality rate increased slightly to 1.77 percent from Friday’s 1.76 percent.

On Thursday, the country recorded the lowest Covid deaths of 24 since May 15 when the country saw 22 single-day deaths.

Besides, the recovery rate increased slightly to 97.41 per cent on Friday with the recovery of 965 patients during the 24-hour period.

Source: United Nations of Bangladesh

Covid daily death toll falls to 21 in Bangladesh

Covid-19 in Bangladesh claimed 21 more lives and infected 980 others in 24 hours till Sunday morning.

This is the lowest number of deaths since May 26 when the country reported 17 single-day Covid deaths.

The latest cases were detected after testing 22,221 samples showing a slight fall in the daily-case positivity rate from Saturday’s 4.59 percent to 4.41 percent, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). On Saturday, after more than four months, the country saw below 1,000 single-day cases, reporting 818 Covid cases in 24-hour period.

According to the DGHS, the fresh numbers of deaths and cases took the country’s total Covid-19 fatalities to 27,414 while the caseload mounted to 1,551,351.

Meanwhile, the mortality rate remained static at 1.77 percent.

The recovery rate increased slightly to 97.43 percent with the recovery of 1,312 more patients during the period.

So far, 1,511,479 people have recovered from the deadly virus infections, the DGHS added.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the daily case positivity rate remaining at 5 percent or below for 14 days is considered safe for mass unlocking.

However, Bangladesh eased its lockdown restrictions on August 11, even though public health experts had warned of Delta variant spread.

Source: United Nations of Bangladesh

Munia rape and murder: Flat owner gets anticipatory bail

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The High Court on Sunday granted a six-week anticipatory bail to Ibrahim Ahmed Ripon, landlord of the flat where college student Mosarat Jahan Munia Munia had been living, in a case filed over her rape and murder in the flat in April this year.

The HC bench of Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam and Justice KM Zahid Sarwar Kajol passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Ibrahim seeking anticipatory bail in the case.

The HC granted the bail on condition that Ibrahim will not leave the country and he must deposit his passport to the concerned magistrate court.

Advocate Nahid Sultana Yuthi appeared for Ripon in the court while Assistant Attorney General Mizanur Rahman represented the state.

Earlier on September 6, a rape and murder case was filed against Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir and seven others including Ibrahim Ahmed Ripon over the death of Munia in a Gulshan apartment.

The seven other accused are: Bashundhara Group’s Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Shah Alam, Shah Alam’s wife Afroza Begum; Anvir’s wife Sabrina Sayem; Faria Mahbub Piyasha; Saifa Rahman Mim; landlord of the flat where the victim was staying, Ibrahim Ahmed Ripon and his wife Sharmim Akhter.

Munia’s sister Nusrat Jahan Tania filed the case with Dhaka’s 8th Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children’s Repression.

Earlier on August 19, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Rajesh Chowdhury relieved Anvir of the charge of incitement to suicide of the college student.

On July 19, the investigating officer of the case, Gulshan Police Station officer-in-charge Abul Hasan, submitted a final report to the court giving a clean chit to Anvir.

Anvir was not found culpable in the suicide incitement case of Munia in the final report submitted by the investigating officer and asked for his name to be dropped.

On April 26, police recovered the hanging body of Munia from the flat. Munia’s elder sister Nusrat Jahan Tania filed a case against Anvir that night accusing him of incitement to suicide.

According to Tania, her sister Munia was in a relationship with Anvir who regularly visited her at the Gulshan apartment.

Source: United Nations of Bangladesh

Deep depression intensifies into Cyclone ‘Gulab’; Rain likely across country

Light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely at many places in the country as the deep depression over East Central Bay and adjoining Northeast Bay intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Gulab’.

“The deep depression moved westwards and intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Gulab’ over Northwest Bay and adjoining west central Bay”, Bangladesh Meteorological Department said on Sunday in a regular bulletin.

“Light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur one or two places over Dhaka, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions with moderately heavy falls at isolated places over southern part of the country,” it added

Weather may remain mainly dry with temporary partly cloudy sky elsewhere over the country.

It is likely to move West-Northwestards further. The axis of monsoon trough runs through Rajsthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Centre of the Cyclone to Assam across Bangladesh.

Monsoon is less active over Bangladesh and moderate over the North Bay.

Day and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country.

Besides, the maritime ports of the country have been advised to hoist distant warning signal number two.

It was centred at 6 am on Sunday about 665 kms Southwest of Chattogram port, 630 kms Southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 525 kms South of Mongla port and 530 kms south of Payra port, said the bulletin.

It is likely to move in a West-Northwesterly direction further.

Maximum sustained wind speed within 54 kms of the cyclone centre is about 62 KPH rising to 88 kph in gusts or squalls.

Sea will remain very rough near the cyclone centre.

All fishing boats and trawlers over north Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution.

They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.

Source: United Nations of Bangladesh

Truck driver, helper killed in Sylhet road crash

A truck driver and his helper were killed as a truck hit a stationary truck on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Dayamir area of Osmaninagar Upazila in Sylhet on Sunday morning.

The deceased were identified as truck driver Kamrul Islam, 50, a resident of Golapganj upazila and helper Idris Ali, 42, son of Hanif Ullah of Nabinbagh village in Sonadanga upazila of Khulna district. Shyamal Banik, officer-in-charge 0f Osmaninagar police station, said when the driver and the helper were standing on the road after parking their truck roadside a stone laden truck from Sylhet hit the stationary one from behind around 5:40 am, leaving the duo dead on the spot.

The two vehicles were seized and handed over to the highway police. However, the driver of the killer truck managed to escape.

SP Md Shahid Ullah of Highway Police of Sylhet said the bodies were sent to MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital morgue.

Source: United Nations of Bangladesh