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Bangladesh’s Covid death toll nears 11,000 as cases surge

Bangladesh recorded 83 more Covid-related deaths in 24 hours until Saturday morning, raising the total fatalities to 10,952.

Bangladesh’s coronavirus fatalities crossed 10,000 on April 15 and the death tally reached near 11,000 within 10 days as the country finds it hard to deal with the pandemic.

With the latest figure, the mortality rate rose to 1.48 percent from Friday’s 1.47 percent, the Directorate General of Health Services said in a handout.

Besides, 2,697 new cases were detected during the period after examining 20,571 samples.

The daily infection rate fell to 13.11 percent from Friday’s 14 percent.

Bangladesh has so far tested 5,323,579 samples.

Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus cases on March 8 last year and the first death on the 18th of that month.

With the news cases, the total caseload reached 742,400 while the total number of recoveries is 653,151, including 5477 in the last 24 hours.

April sees 1,906 coronavirus deaths

April has been the deadliest month since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, with 1,906 deaths and 127,632 new cases being recorded in the past 24 days.

The virus claimed 568 lives in January this year, 281 in February and 638 in March.

Dhaka division remains the worst-hit region, registering most of the deaths – 6,345 or 58.41 percent.

Fifty-two of the 83 deaths reported today are from Dhaka division and 13 from Chattogram division.

Three each died in Rajshahi, Sylhet, Rangpur, four in Barishal and five in Khulna divisions.

Of 1,068 ICU hospital beds across the country, 322 are now available.

Meanwhile, 7,074 general hospital beds, out of 12,237, are unoccupied right now.

The surge in Covid infections prompted the government to go for a lockdown from early April but it turned out to be lax and loose. From April 11, the government imposed a ‘stricter lockdown’ and later extended it upto April 28.

On Friday, the government allowed shopping malls to reopen from April 25.

Improvement ‘unlikely before June’

Meanwhile, a group of experts from both Bangladesh and Oxford University said that the country will witness the similar infection rate intermittently till the end of May while the situation may improve in June.

The possibility was projected in a mathematical model used by Bangladesh Como Modelling Group.

Vaccination campaign

Launched on February 7, a vaccination drive is underway across Bangladesh with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Bangladesh signed an agreement with the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd for 30 million doses of the vaccine. But a record number of cases in India has made the delivery of the vaccine doses uncertain.

On Thursday, Foreign Minister AK Momen assured people that there will be adequate doses of the vaccine.

So far, 5,778,686 people have received the first dose and 1,967,975 have got their second jab, according to official figures.

Source: United News of Bangladesh