Bangladesh has confirmed the highest number of 641 coronavirus cases in a single day after testing 4,968 samples and eight more deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours.
With this, the death toll from the deadly virus rose to 163 and the number of total infections stood at 7,103 .
"Among the dead patients, six were male, two female and four of them were aged above 60. Six were residents of Dhaka and two lived outside of the capital," Additional Director General of Health Directorate Nasima Sultana made the disclosure during a virtual briefing today.
She also said that among the total 163 patients who have died so far - 137 are from Dhaka division.
Some 11 patients recovered in last 24 hours, increasing the total number of cured patients at 150.
Some 4, 706 samples were collected in last 24 hours and tested 4,968. A total of 59,701 samples have been tested till date," Nasima added.
However, one-fourth of the total infected patients are receiving treatment at different hospitals of the country, while three-fourth them are staying home.
Sample collection has increased by 9.21% compared to the previous day and 14.68% increase was reported for PCR testing across the country.
Nasima Sultana said the authorities took 104 new individuals suspected of having Covid-19 into isolation – bringing the total to 1,340 after 833 left. The country is capable of accommodating 3635 people for service at 601 isolation wards across the country.
Currently, there are 9738 isolation beds, 341 ICU facilities and 102 dialysis beds are available for the treatment of coronavirus infected patients in the country.
As many as 3,616,691 hotline services were given by 15,480 trained doctors via three designated numbers, including 75,115 in last 24-hour till 8am today. Through mobile phone and websites, 1,562,815 services were provided, including 31,124 new services, added Nasima.
Till date, a total of 676,439 thermal screenings were conducted at different ports, including 331 at airports, 225 at seaports and 61 at land ports in the last 24 hours.
Currently, 358,334 personal protective equipment (PPEs) are in the government stock, including 60,402 newly collected ones.
The health directorate has given permission to three private hospitals in Dhaka city, including - Evercare Hospital Dhaka, United Hospital and Square Hospitals - to perform Covid-19 tests. This facility, however, will only be applicable to the indoor service patients of the respective hospitals.
The charge for testing coronavirus infection will be the amount determined by DGHS, Dr Nasima added.
The virus has killed 218,178 people globally and infected 3,146,808 so far.