Some 4,117 people in the country have won the battle against the novel coronavirus and 235 of them recovered in last 24 hours
Bangladesh, on Saturday, confirmed 16 more deaths from the novel coronavirus and 930 new cases after testing 6,782 samples in the previous 24 hours.
With this, the death toll from the deadly virus rose to 314 and the total number of infections stood at 20,995.
"All of the 16 deceased were male. Twelve of them were from Dhaka division, two from Chattogram and the two others were from Rangpur division. Ten of the deceased were aged above 50," Additional Director General of Health Directorate Professor Dr Nasima Sultana said during a virtual briefing on Saturday.
"Some 6,501 samples were collected in the last 24 hours and 6,782 were tested at 33 out of 41 PCR labs across the country," Dr Nasima mentioned.
Some 235 patients recovered during this time, increasing the total number of recovered patients to 4,117.
Currently, 48,141 people are under quarantine across the country. Among them, 2,510 are newly-quarantined individuals. A total of 188,773 people have completed their quarantine course.
Nasima Sultana said, "The authorities have isolated 349 new patients suspected of having Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number to 3,046 after 1,530 others were released from isolation."
"The country is capable of accommodating 8,934 people at 601 isolation wards and 31,165 people at 617 institutional quarantine facilities," she added.
Moreover, there are 329 ICU facilities and 102 dialysis beds available for the treatment of novel coronavirus infected patients in the country.
The capacity would increase after work is completed at the Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, Mymensingh Nursing Dormitory, International Convention City Bashundhara Dhaka, and DNCC market.
"Some private medical colleges are going to start Covid-19 treatment after signing MOUs with the government. Anwar Khan Modern Medical College Hospital will start operating today (Saturday) and Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College Hospital will start operating within a few days," she added.
Some 5,584,680 hotline health services were given by 15,773 trained doctors and 4,103 volunteer doctors via three designated numbers till Saturday. These included 182,377 services in 24 hours till 8am on Saturday.
Till date, a total of 687,458 thermal screenings were conducted at different ports, including 37 at seaports and 401 at land ports in the last 24 hours.
No new personal protective equipment (PPE) was purchased over the weekend but overall the government has purchased 22,17,339 PPE suits, of which 18,72,366 were distributed and 3,45,273 were stored.
Globally, the virus has killed 3,08,827 people and infected 46,39,826 so far.