Officially confirmed coronavirus cases in Bangladesh soared to 2,63,503 on Tuesday with the detection of 2,996 new cases in the last 24 hours until morning.
The health authorities also reported 33 deaths, taking the local tally to 3,471.
Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.
Labs across the country have tested 12,27,988 samples so far -- 14,820 of them in the last 24 hours.
During this period, 1,535 patients recovered, pushing up the recovery number to 1,51,972.
Global coronavirus situaiton
Global COVID-19 cases have surpassed 20 million, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
The global case count reached 20,011,186, with a total of 734,664 deaths worldwide, the CSSE data showed on Tuesday morning.
The United States, the worst-hit country by the pandemic, has recorded 5,089,416 cases and 163,425 fatalities, accounting for a quarter of the global caseload.
Brazil is the second hardest-hit country with 3,057,470 cases and 101,752 deaths.
Meanwhile, India has confirmed more than 2.2 million cases.
Coronavirus was first reported in China’s Wuhan province in December last year and later it spread across the globe rapidly.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11.
The Plasma and Blood Donation Centre set up by Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital in memory of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be opened on August 15.
Dr MA Khan, a professor of Dhaka Medical College’s Hematology department who heads the technical sub-committee on plasma therapy at the country’s premier medical college, will inaugurate the centre at 11am on Saturday, said a press release on Tuesday.
Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK) founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury will also be present at the programme.
Contacted, Zafrullah said they are going to open the centre on the National Mourning Day commemorating the assassination of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. “We want to show respect to him who himself named our institution as Gonoshasthaya by opening the centre on that day.”
Initially, he said, 25 people will be given plasma every day at the centre. “When different hospitals are taking Tk 20,000-25,000, we’ll only charge Tk5,000-6,000 for providing corona patients with plasma therapy.”
Dr Zafrullah said plasma is very important for many corona-infected people to beat the virus. “Many people become very weak physically when they get infected with corona. Plasma is effective for them since it enhances their energy and strengthens their immune system to fight off the virus.”
From September, he said, 50 people will be given plasma daily and an additional 50 people will be provided with various other facilities, including blood transfusions for thalassemia and hemoglobinopathy.
Dr Zafrullah, a freedom fighter, said they are also planning to open the corona unit at the same hospital by September 15.
He said they have taken steps for providing treatment to corona patients at the Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital in the city’s Dhanmondi area at the corona unit at a cheaper cost.
Zafrullah said there will be a general ward with central oxygen facility alongside an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the Covid-19 patients at the hospital.
In an open letter, the freedom fighter said he recently urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to inaugurate the unit. “But we still didn’t get any response from the PM office.”
The health authorities announced detection of four new dengue cases in the last 24 hours until Tuesday morning.
In a regular update, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said nine dengue patients are currently undergoing treatment at hospitals.
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The health authorities reported 373 cases since the beginning of this year. Among them, 363 made recovery.
Bangladesh witnessed a massive dengue outbreak last year when 101,354 people were hospitalised and 101,037 made full recovery.
According to official figures, the mosquito-borne disease killed 179 people last year.
The bodies of two young men were retrieved from a waterbody (beel) at Beraid Daspara area of Bongaon union of Savar on Tuesday morning 16 hours after they had gone missing.
The deceased were identified as Sumon, 19, an electric mechanic and Sumon, 20, a truck driver.
AFM Sayed, officer-in-charge of Savar Police Station, said that a group of young man went to enjoy a boat ride in the beel on Monday.
At one stage, a live wire torn down as the boat hit an electric pole.
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Other youths of the group jumped into water after the group's member Jewel was injured when he came in contact with the live wire.
The two youths had been missing since the incident.
A diver team of fire service retrieved their bodies in the morning.
Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) on Tuesday forecast light to moderate rain or thundershowers for different parts of the country.
Most places in Chattogram and Rangpur divisions and many areas of Mymensingh, Khulna, Barishal and Sylhet divisions will see light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty, the Met Office said.
A few places over Rajshahi and Dhaka divisions might be hit by moderately heavy to heavy falls today.
Day and night temperature may drop slightly over the country.
The axis of monsoon trough runs through Rajsthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal to Assam across the central part of Bangladesh. One of its associated troughs extends up to North Bay.
Monsoon is fairly active over Bangladesh and moderate over the North Bay.
Monday’s highest temperature was recorded at 35.5 degrees Celsius jointly at Ishwardi and Tarash and minimum temperature 25.3C at Tetulia.
Maximum rainfall (65mm) for the last 24 hours till 6am today was recorded at Tetulia.
The sun sets at 6:35pm today and rises at 5:33am on Wednesday in the capital.