COVID-19 cases cross 16,500 in Rangpur division

Publish: 6:48 PM, April 6, 2021 | Update: 6:48:PM, April 6, 2021

RANGPUR,  – The number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases rapidly crossed the 16,500 marks in Rangpur division where the infection rate continues rising hurriedly again in recent weeks.

Health officials said the number of COVID-19 cases hastily rose to 16,506 as 55 more patients were reported after testing 378 samples at the daily infection rate of 14.55 percent on Monday in the division.

“The infection rate is showing a quickly rising trend again in Rangpur division,” Focal Person of COVID-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr ZA Siddiqui told BSS today.

The district-wise break up of total 16,506 patients stands at 4,211 in Rangpur, 810 in Panchagarh, 1,423 in Nilphamari, 985 in Lalmonirhat, 1,051 in Kurigram, 1,558 in Thakurgaon, 4,928 in Dinajpur and 1,540 in Gaibandha of the division.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, a total of 1,16,441 collected samples were tested in the division till Monday, and of them, 16,506 were found COVID-19 positive with an average infection rate of over 14.18 percent.

Meanwhile, the total number of healed COVID-19 patients reached 15,690 with recovery of 16 more patients on Monday at the average recovery rate of 95.06 percent in the division.

“The 15,690 recovered patients include 4,018 of Rangpur, 776 of Panchagarh, 1,349 of Nilphamari, 957 of Lalmonirhat, 980 of Kurigram, 1,487 of Thakurgaon, 4,662 of Dinajpur and 1,461 of Gaibandha districts in the division,” Dr Siddiqui added.

Talking to BSS today, Divisional Director (Health) Dr Md Ahad Ali said the number of fatalities remained steady at 318 with no more death reported from anywhere in the division on Monday.

The district-wise break up of the 318 fatalities stands at 73 in Rangpur, 115 in Dinajpur, 34 in Thakurgaon, 32 in Nilphamari, 15 in Kurigram, 20 in Panchagarh, 18 in Gaibandha and 11 in Lalmonirhat districts of the division.

“The average casualty rate currently stands at 1.93 percent in the division,” he said.

Among the total 16,506 infected patients, 58 are undergoing treatments at isolation units after recovery of 15,690 patients and 318 deaths while 460 remaining in home isolation across the division.

A total of 98,033 people of the division were put in quarantines since the outbreak of the pandemic, and of them, 94,647 released till Monday morning in the division.

“Since launching of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign from February 7 last, a total of 5,68,829 citizens, including 3,41,533 male and 2,27,296 female of the division, were vaccinated in the division till Monday, Dr. Ali added.

Chief of Divisional Coronavirus Service and Prevention Task Force and Principal of Rangpur Medical College Professor Dr. AKM Nurunnobi Lyzu said it has become crucial for everyone to abide by the health directives to check the rising infection rate.