The infections and deaths due to the Covid-19 are continuing to rise in Bangladesh as the country on Thursday recorded 2576 new cases and 40 deaths in 24 hours.
The caseload has now risen to 820,395 and death toll has stood at 12,989, according to a regular bulletin issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Another 2,061 people recovered from the illness through treatment at home and hospital care during that time, bringing the total to 759,630. As many as 19,447 samples were tested across the country in the last 24 hours, yielding a positivity rate of 13.25 percent.
The latest official figures put the recovery rate at 92.59 percent, while the mortality rate stands at 1.58 percent.
The alarmingly rising infections have strained the hospitals in border districts of the country.
The 100-bed Covid dedicated hospital in Khulna is already stretched. New patients are lying on makeshift bedrolls on the floor. As the caseload grows, so does the need for doctors, nurses and other hospital staff. A manpower crisis looms. Similar scenes play out at government hospitals in Rajshahi, Chapaina-wabganj and Kushtia.
The caseload rises by leaps and bounds. Doctors worry that if this continues there will soon be a critical shortage of oxygen.
The indomitable Covid-19 has spread to all 64 districts in Bangladesh. The country reported its first case of the virus on March 8, while the first death was recorded on March 18.
The novel coronavirus broke out in China's Wuhan city in late December, 2019 and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
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