Bangladesh reports 21 COVID-19 deaths, 4,71,756 total recoveries

Publish: 7:29 PM, January 16, 2021 | Update: 7:29:PM, January 16, 2021

DHAKA, – Bangladesh recorded 21 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths and 578 fresh cases overnight. The recovery count rose to 4,71,756 after another 633 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period, a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said today.

“Twenty-one more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 7,883,” the release said.

It said the tally of infections has surged to 5,27,063 as 578 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

A total of 12,215 samples were tested at 199 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.

Of the total sample tests in the past 24 hours, 4.73 percent tested positive, while 15.30 percent cases were detected from the total tests conducted so far, the release added.

Among the total infections, 89.51 percent patients have recovered, while 1.49 percent died so far since the first COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the country on March 8.

Among the 21 deaths, 13 are male and eight female, the press release said, adding one is in his 30s, three are in their 40s, four in their 50s while 12 are above 60 years and one is between 11 to 20 years.

According to the division-wise data, 13 deaths took place in Dhaka division and rests are in other divisions.

Among the total 7,883 fatalities, 4,368 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,447 in Chattogram division, 450 in Rajshahi division, 542 in Khulna division, 240 in Barishal division, 300 in Sylhet division, 352 in Rangpur division and 183 in Mymensingh division, according to the press release.

A total of 34,44,007 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 6,95,418 people have so far received healthcare services from telemedicine.

The DGHS said 2,33,90,907 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 January 16, 2021, 10:11 GMT, 2,019,784 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 94,389,437 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.