Bangladesh reports 18 COVID-19 deaths, 3,07,141 total recoveries

Publish: 6:49 PM, October 20, 2020 | Update: 6:49:PM, October 20, 2020

DHAKA,  – Bangladesh today recorded 18 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 1,380 fresh cases overnight. The recovery count rose to 3,07,141 after another 1,582 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said today.

“Eighteen more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 5,699,” the release said. It said the tally of infections has surged to 3,91,586 as 1,380 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

A total of 13,611 samples were tested at 110 authorized laboratories across the country during the time. Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 10.14 percent tested positive, while 17.86 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.

Among the total infections, 78.44 percent patients have recovered, while 1.46 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.

Among the 18 deaths, 14 are male and four female, the press release said, adding, two are in their 40s, five in their 50s while 11 are above 60 years.

According to the division-wise data, 12 deaths took place in Dhaka division and rests are in other divisions.

Among the total 5,699 deaths, 2,920 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,141 in Chattogram division, 365 in Rajshahi division, 458 in Khulna division, 197 in Barishal division, 240 in Sylhet division, 259 in Rangpur division and 119 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.

A total of 21,92,325 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first COVID-19 cases in the country.

The DGHS said in order to make treatment facilities easily available for the COVID-19 patients, the government has introduced telemedicine services comprising 100 physicians, for round- the-clock in the country.

A total of 4,89,817 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.

The DGHS said 2,18,69,130 people received healthcare services from hotline mobile numbers and health web portals as the government formed a group of medical professionals to provide emergency healthcare services.

To receive information and treatment facilities on COVID-19, the contact hotline and mobile numbers are 16263; 333; 10655 and 01944333222.

As of October 20, 2020, 10:14 GMT, 1,123,514 have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 40,688,508 confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.

China was the world’s first country which on January 11 reported the first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province.