The Covid-19 situation is worsening in the frontier district of Rajshahi by the day.
In fact, Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) on Thursday recorded 18 new Covid-related deaths in 24 hours, the highest single-day toll at the hospital.
Of them, eight had tested positive for Covid, while the remaining showed symptoms of the virus, said hospital director Brigadier General Shamim Yeazdani. Four of them died at the hospital intensive care unit.
Of the deceased, 13 people hailed from Rajshahi district, one belonged to Chapainawabganj and four were from Naogaon district.
A total of 260 people have died of Covid-19 at the corona unit of RMCH in the last 24 days, officials said.
Earlier, the Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) recorded 16 deaths on both June 4 and June 23.
Some 54 people have been admitted to the corona unit of the hospital in the past 24 hours, said Shamim. "Besides, 404 people are currently undergoing treatment against 357 beds of the hospital."
Meanwhile, after showing a decline in the number of infections in the past four days, the district has seen a sharp rise in the infection rate. On Wednesday, 380 samples were tested at two laboratories of the district, of which 129 emerged positive.
Authorities have extended the ongoing lockdown in Rajshahi, which started on June 11, by one more week till June 30 following the worsening situation of Covid.