54% of beds still vacant in Covid-19 hospitals
As of June 26, 4,408 out of 6,773 genera beds are vacant in dedicated hospitals for Covid-19 treatment
Among 14,610 general and 369 ICU beds allocated for Covid-19 treatment across the country, 4,691 patients are admitted in general beds and 183 in ICU beds, which implies nearly 54 percent of the beds are vacant to date.
The Additional Director General of Health Directorate Nasima Sultana disclosed it during the daily virtual health bulletin on Friday.
Professor Nasima Sultana said there were 16 dedicated hospitals for Covid-19 patients in Dhaka city with 6,773 general beds and 160 ICU beds. 2,365 patients are admitted in general beds and 98 in ICU beds as of June 26.
Yesterday, the 111th day since the first Covid-19 case was detected in Bangladesh, 3,868 new cases were reported after testing 18,498 samples. 40 more people (31 men and nine women) died of the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours till Friday 8 am.
With this, the total number of deaths rose to 1,661 and the number of total infections stood at 130,474.
''Of the deceased, 14 were from Dhaka, 12 from Chattogram, four from Khulna and Barishal each, and three from Sylhet and Rangpur each. 31 patients died in hospitals, and nine died in their homes," Nasima Sultana said.
"18,275 samples were collected in the last 24 hours and 18,498 were tested in 66 labs across the country. So far 696,941 samples have been tested," she added.
With 1,638 recovered patients today, the tally of the cured patients reached 53,133. According to the latest data by the Directorate General of Health Services, 40.72 percent of Covid-19 patients have recovered and 1.27 percent died.
The infection rate among the tested patients was 20.91 percent on Friday.
Professor Nasima said there are 10,240 oxygen cylinders, 80 high-flow nasal cannula and 55 oxygen concentrators in hospitals at present.
Currently, 64,121 people are quarantined across the country, including 2,799 newly-quarantined individuals. A total of 285,949 people have completed their quarantine period.
The authorities have put 645 new individual suspects to isolation, bringing the total to 13,429.
Bangladesh reported the first novel coronavirus case on March 8. Since May the number of cases started climbing, and there has been no let-off.