Published:  12:00 AM, 26 July 2020

11,000 beds for COVID-19 patients empty

11,000 beds for COVID-19 patients empty More than 11,000 hospital beds out of over 15,600 for COVID-19 patients have remained empty. -AA
 
More than 11,000 hospital beds out of over 15,600 for COVID-19 patients have remained empty despite a continuous surge in coronavirus cases in Bangladesh.

Virus cases surge in Bangladesh. But patients shun hospitals leaving 70% of beds empty

They include 306 intensive care unit beds out of over 500, according to the Directorate General of Health Services, reports bdnews24.com.

Additional Director General Nasima Sultana said in Friday's briefing on COVID-19 that the number of coronavirus patients receiving treatment at general-ward beds in Dhaka was 2,103. Another 184 were at ICUs.

In Chattogram, 288 patients were being treated in general-ward beds and 22 in ICUs. The figures for COVID-19 patients at general-ward beds in the rest of the country was 1,888 and 100 at ICUs.

The temporary hospital built on an emergency basis in International Convention City Bashundhara was treating only 15 patients. It has the capacity to treat 2,013 patients.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 218,658 until Friday morning with 2,548 new infections in 24 hours.

The recovery count also jumped to 120,976 with 1,768 patients beating the disease with treatment at home and in hospital care in the same period.

The death toll increased to 2,836 after 35 new fatalities were registered.



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