Rajshahi records further decline in COVID-19 infection

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RAJSHAHI, Jan 5, 2021 (BSS) – Rajshahi division today recorded a further declining trend in daily Covid-19 infection than the previous day as the health department reported 19 new cases in the last 24-hour till Monday evening, raising the total number to 24,600.

Of the infected patients, 22,355 have, so far, been cured from the lethal virus with 30 new recoveries found during the time, it added.

The number of deaths from the disease stands at 372 including 230 in Bogura and 54 in Rajshahi with no fatality reported afresh today, said Dr Habibul Ahsan Talukder, Divisional Director of Health.

Of the total new positive cases, the highest 11 were detected in Naogaon followed by four in Rajshahi city, two in Sirajgonj and one each in Joypurhat and Pabna districts.

With the new detected cases, the district-wise break-up of the COVID-19 cases now stands at 5,843 in Rajshahi including 4,372 in its city, 817 in Chapainawabganj, 1,556 in Naogaon, 1,199 in Natore, 1,316 in Joypurhat, 9,634 in Bogura, 2,617 in Sirajganj and 1,618 in Pabna.

A number of 2,875 identified patients were undergoing treatment in designated hospitals in the division till this morning as 6,252 other suspected patients remained in isolation units and 5,487 have, by now, been released.

Following detection of the new COVID-19 cases, the respective houses of the infected persons in different areas under the division were placed on 14-day lockdown as per the health safety guidelines.

Dr Talukder said the whereabouts of the persons, who came in contact with COVID-19 patients, were identified and they were asked to remain in home isolation so that the virus cannot spread further.

On the other hand, a total of 51 more people have been sent to home and institutional quarantine afresh while 37 others were released in all eight districts of the division over the last 24 hours till 8 am today.

A total of 64,533 people had, so far, been kept under quarantine since March 10 to prevent community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Of them, 62,675 have, by now, been released as they were given clearance certificates after completing their respective 14-day quarantine period in the division.