RANGPUR, Nov 23, 2020 (BSS) – Fifty-four more people were tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) today at the two COVID-19 laboratories in Rangpur division where the daily infection rate continues rising again in recent days.
Health officials said the 54 new infected cases were reported today after diagnosing 368 samples collected from the division at the infection rate of 14.67 percent.
Earlier, the daily infection rates were 18.75 percent on Sunday, 18.68 percent on Saturday, 17.37 percent on Friday and 16.16 percent on Thursday in the division.
Among the 54 new patients diagnosed today, 21 were reported positive after diagnosing 180 samples at the COVID-19 Laboratory at Rangpur Medical College (RpMC) in Rangpur city.
“The 21 new patients include 14 of Rangpur, one each of Kurigram and Nilphamari, two of Gaibandha and three of Lalmonirhat,” said Chief of Divisional Coronavirus Service and Prevention Task Force and Principal of RpMC Professor Dr. AKM Nurunnabi Lyzu.
On the other hand, 33 new patients were reported after diagnosing 188 samples at the COVID-19 Laboratory at M Abdur Rahim Medical College (MARMC) in Dinajpur today.
“The 33 new COVID-19 patients include 23 of Dinajpur, five of Thakurgaon, four of Nilphamari and one of Panchagarh districts,” Principal of MARMC Professor Dr. Syed Nazir Hossain told BSS after completing the testing process at 6:55 pm.
Talking to BSS, Divisional Assistant Director (Health) and Focal Person of COVID-19 for Rangpur division Dr. ZA Siddiqui said the total number of COVID-19 patients rose to 13,779 as 54 new positive cases were reported from across the division today.
“The district-wise break up of the 13,779 patients stands at 3,407 in Rangpur, 723 in Panchagarh, 1,198 in Nilphamari, 917 in Lalmonirhat, 955 in Kurigram, 1,332 in Thakurgaon, 3,944 in Dinajpur and 1,303 in Gaibandha districts of the division,” he said.