Shamiur Rahman

2020-07-05 15:27:37 BdST

COVID-19 pandemicBD’s death toll exceeds 2,000 With 55 new fatalities

Bangladesh today touched another grim milestone as the number of deaths from Covid-19 crossed the 2,000-mark, reaching 2,052, with 55 new fatalities reported in last 24 hours.

The health directorate also confirmed 2738 new cases of virus infection during the time. With this, the number of total infections stood at 162,471. 

Nasima Sultana, additional director general (admin) at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), presented the latest figures while briefing the media live on the daily Covid-19 bulletin at 2:30pm.

Among the new fatalities, 37 are male and the rest are female, Nasima said.

The new coronavirus infections were found after testing 13,988 samples in 68 authorised labs across the country.

Also, 1,904 more patients have recovered from the disease in the 24-hour period, taking the total number of recoveries to 72,625.

As many as 14,767,276 hotline health services were given by 16,414 trained and 4,217 volunteer doctors via three designated numbers, including 160,588 in the last 24-hour till 8am today. 

Till date, a total of 742,329 thermal screenings were conducted at different ports, including 588 at three international airports, 148 at seaports and 88 at land ports in the last 24 hours. 

As per the data provided by Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD), personal protective equipment (PPE) collected by the government has been 2,528,245 till date, of which 2,420,164 were distributed and 128,181 are left in store.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) confirmed the first Covid-19 death in the country on March 18.

Coronavirus death toll crossed 1,000-mark on June 10 after 94 days of the outbreak began here. However, it reported next 1,000 deaths in last 25 days. 

The fatality rate in Bangladesh is average 3.55%, which is lower than the global 4.69%.

In an effort to contain the virus, the whole country was put on lockdown for more than two months, but the pandemic is showing no sign of slowing down.

Meanwhile, the global death toll from coronavirus has reached 533,639 as of Sunday noon.

It killed highest 129,676 people in USA alone till date, followed by Brazil (64,265 deaths) and United Kingdom (44,283 deaths). 

It has so far infected 11,388,673 people around the world, according to Worldometer - a website that provides real-time updates.

Of them, 4,408,980 are currently being treated with 58,489 remain in serious or critical condition.

So far, 6,446,054 people have recovered. 

The novel coronavirus disease was first reported in China in December last year.

As the Covid-19 began sweeping across the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a pandemic on March 11 this year.

Globally, the virus has killed around 5.33 lakh people and infected 1.14 crore more so far. It killed highest 129,676 people in USA alone till date, followed by Brazil (64,265 deaths) and United Kingdom (44,283 deaths).

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