More 22 tests positive for coronavirus in Rangpur division


RANGPUR, Sept 9, 2020 (BSS) – Twenty-two more people were tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the division today after diagnosing 188 samples at COVID-19 laboratory in Rangpur Medical College (RpMC).

Talking to BSS, Chief of Divisional Coronavirus Service and Prevention Task Force and Principal of RpMC Professor Dr. AKM Nurunnabi Lyzu said the rate of daily COVID-19 infections continues to reduce in recent weeks in the division.

“The 22 new infected cases were reported today after diagnosing 188 samples collected from Rangpur, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Panchagarh districts at the infection rate of only 11.70 percent,” he said.

“The 22 patients include nine of Rangpur, seven of Gaibandha, one each of Kurigram and Panchagarh and four of Lalmonirhat districts,” Dr. Lyzu added.

Meanwhile, the testing of samples remained suspended for the seventh consecutive day today at the COVID-19 laboratory at M Abdur Rahim Medical College (MARMC) in Dinajpur of Rangpur division due to technical problems.

Principal of MARMC Prof Dr. Shibesh Sarker said experts are repairing the PCR machine at the laboratory where the trial run of the sample testing process is likely to resume from tomorrow and normal testing from the next day.

Talking to BSS, Focal Person of COVID-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr. ZA Siddiqui said the total number of COVID-19 patients rose to 11,045 in the division as 22 new cases of five districts were reported today.

“The district-wise break-up of the total patients now stands at 2,605 in Rangpur, 541 in Panchagarh, 974 in Nilphamari, 786 in Lalmonirhat, 842 in Kurigram, 1,009 in Thakurgaon, 3,209 in Dinajpur and 1,079 Gaibandha districts,” Dr. Siddiqui added.