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Infections cross 30,000, record 24 deaths -The Asian Age


The aggressive coronavirus killed 24 more people in Bangladesh on Friday, the highest figure in one day. Earlier, the highest 22 deaths were recorded on Thursday. It also infected 1,694 more people. The highest 1,773 cases were reported on the previous day.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) came up with the latest information on the coronavirus situation at a media briefing in the capital on Friday.

With the updates, the number of total deaths now stands at 432, while the cases of infections have altogether reached 30,205.

Professor Dr Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General of DGHS, spoke at the briefing and said, ''A total of 9,727 samples were tested at 47 authorized labs across the country in the past 24 hours and of them, 1,694 were found to be coronavirus positive. According to division-wise data of the fatalities, 13 were from Dhaka division, nine from Chattogram, one each from Barishal and Mymensingh divisions.

As per age categories, two were in their 20s, three in their 30s, two in their 40s, five in their 50s, six in their 60s, two in their 70s and one was in his 80s, she added.

''Of the total infections, 20.49 percent patients have recovered while 1.43 percent died so far,'' she added.

Dhaka and Narayanganj are considered as the coronavirus hotspots as the maximum number of cases were detected in the two cities.

Of the total infections, 15,794 cases, mostly in the capital, were reported in Dhaka division, 2,339 cases in Chattogram division, 689 cases in Mymensingh division, 412 cases in Khulna division, 163 cases in Barishal division, 613 cases in Rangpur division, 251 cases in Sylhet division and 373 cases in Rajshahi division, it added.

Among the COVID-19-prone districts, Narayanganj is the most hardest-hit one with 1,582 cases, according to the IEDCR data.

COVID-19 has spread to all the 64 districts of the country. Many districts have been put under lockdown for weeks to curb the spread of the killer virus. However, the government has eased the lockdown somewhat recently considering Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, the livelihoods of the common people and the economy of the country.

Soon after the announcement by the government, most people began breaking social distancing rules and gathered at different places, fuelling possibilities of a spread of the virus further.

The government has called in army personnel to assist the civil administration to ensure social distancing.

Bangladesh reported the first case of the virus on March 8 while the first death was recorded on March 18.

The killer virus, which broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year, has so far killed at least 337,000 people across the globe. It has infected more than 5,259,000 people in 213 countries and territories.
 
The US is the worst-hit country, with at least 97,000 deaths and more than 1,632,000 cases of infection. Russia has the second highest number of infections with at least 326,000 cases. The country has recorded at least 3,200 deaths.

The UK has recorded 36,300 deaths, the highest in Europe, followed by Italy with at least 32,600 casualties. France has lost at least 28,200 people, followed by Spain with at least 27,900.

Brazil has so far recorded at least 20,200 deaths, followed by Belgium with more than 9,200 casualties. Germany has reported at least 8,300 deaths, followed by Iran with 7,300 casualties. Canada has so far recorded at least 6,000 deaths, closely followed by Netherlands with at least 5,700 casualties.

China, the epicenter of the virus, has so far recoded at least 4,600 deaths.

India has recorded at least 3,700 deaths with more than 124,000 cases of infection. Pakistan has so far reported at least 1,000 deaths and more than 50,000 cases of infections. Sri Lanka has reported only 9 deaths and 1,068 infections.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of COVID-19 a pandemic. The outbreak of the virus has brought almost the entire world to an impasse.