COVID-19 cases cross 14,600 in Rangpur division


RANGPUR, Dec 10, 2020 (BSS) – The number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases has crossed the 14,600 mark amid a steady trend in the daily infection rate of the deadly virus in recent days across Rangpur division.

“The number of coronavirus cases rose to 14,657 in the division with 56 more infections reported on Wednesday,” Focal Person of COVID-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr. ZA Siddiqui told BSS today.

The 56 positive cases were diagnosed after testing 376 samples at the two COVID-19 Laboratories in the division on Wednesday at the daily infection rate of about 14.89 percent.

“The district-wise break up of the 14,657 patients stands at 3,740 in Rangpur, 748 in Panchagarh, 1,263 in Nilphamari, 939 in Lalmonirhat, 982 in Kurigram, 1,420 in Thakurgaon, 4,186 in Dinajpur and 1,379 in Gaibandha districts of the division,” he said.

Since the beginning, a total of 89,760 collected samples were tested in the division till Wednesday, and of them, 14,657 were found COVID-19 positive with an average infection rate of about 16.33 percent.

Meanwhile, the number of recovered COVID-19 patients rose to 13,303 with the recovery of 75 more infected people in the division on Wednesday.

“The average recovery rate currently stands at 91.76 percent in Rangpur division,” Dr. Siddiqui said, adding that the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients is currently about 5.56 times higher than the average infection rate.

The 13,303 recovered patients include 3,125 of Rangpur, 706 of Panchagarh, 1,197 of Nilphamari, 904 of Lalmonirhat, 928 of Kurigram, 1,236 of Thakurgaon, 3,912 of Dinajpur and 1,295 of Gaibandha districts.

Talking to BSS today, Divisional Director (Health) Dr. Md. Ahad Ali said the number of total fatalities remained steady at 271 in the division with no more deaths reported from Rangpur on Wednesday.

“The district-wise break up of the 271 fatalities stands at 62 in Rangpur, 96 in Dinajpur, 30 in Thakurgaon, 23 in Nilphamari, 15 in Kurigram, 15 in Gaibandha, 20 in Panchagarh and 10 in Lalmonirhat districts of the division,” he said.

“The average casualty rate currently stands at around 1.85 percent in the division,” he said.

“Among the total 14,657 COVID-19 infected patients, 91 are undergoing treatments at isolation units of different hospitals after recovery of 13,169 patients and 271 deaths while 992 remaining in home isolations across the division,” Dr. Ali added.

Chief of Divisional Coronavirus Service and Prevention Task Force and Principal of Rangpur Medical College Professor Dr. AKM Nurunnabi Lyzu said the COVID-19 infection rate is showing a steady trend in the division in recent days.

“Everyone must wear masks and strictly abide by the health directives to check community transmission of COVID-19 infection in the division during the current second wave in the spread of the deadly virus,” he said.