- Total infected: 229,185 or 20.15%
- Total death: 3,000 or 1.31%
- Total recovery: 127,414 or 55.59%
- Total sample test: 1,137,131
- Isolated: 18,988
- In Quarantine: 57,859
The number of Covid-19 deaths in Bangladesh reached 3,000-mark, with 35 deaths reported in the last 24 hours till Tuesday. The death rate now stands at 1.31 percent.
Besides, 2,960 new cases were reported after testing 12,714 samples during the time, increasing the tally of the total cases to 229,185.
The latest day's infection rate was 23.28 percent of the total tests, though the overall rate in the country till date is 20.15 percent.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Professor Nazrul Islam told The Business Standard those who have co-morbidity and have aged with underlying health conditions are more likely to die from Covid-19.
He said patients are reluctant to go to hospital due to mismanagement.
"Covid-19 patients with co-morbidity are receiving treatment at home. There are some patients who are opting to go to hospital at the last minute, which increases the risk of death."
The noted virologist said the condition of a significant number of Covid-19 patients worsened due to a sudden fall in oxygen level.
"The more critical patients there are, the higher is the death toll. Now the death of patients is increasing every day at home. Hospitals need to be patient-friendly to reduce the death toll," he said.
The professor also said it is better for Covid-19 patients aged over 50 and with co-morbidity to be admitted to hospital.
The first death from coronavirus was reported on March 18, and the first case was confirmed on March 8.
"Of the 35 patients who died in the last 24 hours, 26 were men, and nine women. 12 of them hailed from Dhaka, five from Chattogram, four each from Khulna and Sylhet, three each from Rajshahi and Barishal, and two each from Rangpur and Mymensingh," Additional Director General (administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services Professor Dr Nasima Sultana revealed the latest figures during the daily virtual health bulletin on Tuesday.
"Twenty-six of them died in different hospitals, eight at home, and one was diagnosed with the disease after death."
Dr Nasima Said, "Some 13,070 samples were collected in the last 24 hours and 12,714 were tested in 81 labs across the country. So far, 1,137,131 samples have been tested."
Besides, some 1,731 patients recovered during the 24 hours, increasing the tally of recovery to 127,414. The recovery rate now is 55.59 percent.