Covid Update: 1,467 patients now under treatment
The health directorate yesterday said a total of 1,467 coronavirus patients were receiving treatment at hospitals across the country till 12:00 noon yesterday.
Of them, 1,123 were in general beds, 230 in ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds, and 114 in HDU (High Dependency Unit) beds, read a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Around half of the patients -- 725 -- were in Dhaka alone, the DGHS release added.
There are 13,922 general beds, 1,237 ICU beds and 702 HDU beds in the Covid-19 dedicated hospitals or hospital units across the country, it further added.
As the Delta variant swept across the country from May this year, the hospitals almost stretched to the limit with a rapidly growing number of patients.
By July, the bed occupancy rate crossed the 90 percent-mark, according to the DGHS data.
From early August, the number of patients in hospitals started to decline "due to the restriction on movement for months".
In the past 24 hours till 8:00am yesterday, the DGHS reported deaths of nine Covid-19 patients and 275 new cases.
With this, the total number of deaths due to Covid-19 rose to 27,823, which is around 1.77 percent of all confirmed cases.
Besides, the total number of confirmed cases reached at 1,567,692.
Against a total of 18,485 samples tested, the positivity rate was 1.49 percent yesterday -- a decline from 1.88 percent the previous day.
Meanwhile, the total number of recovered patients reached 1,531,327 with 386 in the past 24 hours.
Of the dead, three were male and six were female.