Coronavirus — Record Highs for Cases, Deaths in Bangladesh

  • Nasima Sultana, Director General of the Health Department, gave information about the sample tests of 12,604 people in 52 labs.
  • A coronavirus test lab has been set up at Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Memorial KPJ Hospital in the Tetuibari area of ​​Kashimpur in Gazipur.
  • As a result, there is no risk of COVID-19 disease in other hospitalized patients.

In the last 24 hours, 2,911 people have been infected with COVID-19 in Bangladesh. The total number of identified people in the country stands at 52,445. On the other hand, 38 new deaths have been recorded, the second-highest ever. Among the dead were 33 men and four women. Of these, 26 died at the hospital and nine at home.

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Bangladesh in March 2020. As of 2 June 2020, there have been a total of 52,445 confirmed cases in the country, with 11,120 recoveries and 709 deaths.

Nasima Sultana, Director General of the Health Department, gave information about the sample tests of 12,604 people in 52 labs. So far, the total sample test is 33,363. She said in the regular health bulletin that the total number of deaths so far was 709. She said another 523 people have been newly recovered. So far a total of 11,120 people have been recorded.

The detection rate in the country is 22.91 percent. Among the dead were ten in Dhaka division, fifteen in Chittagong, four in Sylhet, three in Barisal, one in Mymensingh, two in Rajshahi, and two in Rangpur. In 24 hours, 36 people went in to isolation. So far, total isolation is 6,240 people, and 3,408 people have been exempted.

First Coronavirus Test Lab Inaugurated in Gazipur

A coronavirus test lab has been set up at Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Memorial KPJ Hospital in the Tetuibari area of ​​Kashimpur in Gazipur. The laboratory was officially inaugurated by Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque on Tuesday afternoon.

This is the first lab for coronavirus testing in Gazipur. Executive members of Bangabandhu Memorial Trust Major General Abdul Hafiz Mallick, Mayor of Gazipur City Corporation Jahangir Alam, and Deputy Commissioner of Gazipur SM Tariqul Islam were present on the occasion.

Later, Liberation War Affairs Minister AQM Mozammel Haque said the establishment of the lab would help the government in preventing coronavirus and increase its capacity. In some cases, it takes 5-6 days to test after collecting samples. However, the authorities are hoping that the coronavirus testing will be completed in one day at this hospital.

Gazipur is a city in central Bangladesh. It is located in the Gazipur District. It is a major industrial city at 25 KM north of the capital city of Dhaka. It is a hub for Garments Industry of Bangladesh.

Major General Abdul Hafiz Mallick said the coronavirus would be tested completely free of cost at the hospital. However, a fee of Rs. 500 will be charged for sample collection. The fee set by the government in other private hospitals is Tk 4,000. But on the instructions of the Prime Minister, the service seekers will get the opportunity to undergo a coronavirus test at this hospital for only 500 rupees.

According to the hospital authorities, more than 300 samples can be collected and tested in the lab every day. It will be possible to give the test report within 24 hours. Coronavirus will be tested in this lab to ensure adequate protection. Sample collection booths have been set up outside the main campus of the 250-bed hospital.

As a result, there is no risk of COVID-19 disease in other hospitalized patients. A germ-free environment has been ensured in the hospital by installing various equipment including disinfectant spray, gin infection tunnel. Coronavirus samples are being tested in this lab of the hospital under the supervision of virologist Kamrunnahar.

Abul Hasan, an official of the hospital’s business development service, said the hospital was set up on November 17, 2013, with funding from the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust and support from KPJ in Malaysia.

In addition to 81 full-time specialist doctors, 175 nurses are working here. There are various types of medical services including nose-ear, throat, eye, orthopedics, heart disease as well as road accident patients, obstetrics, and gynecology.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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