Sharp rise in deaths with Covid-like symptoms

SAJIBUR RAHMAN | Tuesday, 15 June 2021

A total of 2,302 people died from the Covid-19 like symptoms from March 22, 2020, to June 08, 2021.

The death toll increased sharply in Bangladesh from May 24 to June 08 this year.

Of the deaths, some 1,856 males and 446 females died within the 14 and a half months period, showed the report prepared by a project styled 'Bangladesh Peace Observatory (BPO)' under the Centre for Genocide Studies at Dhaka University.

A total of 58 people died from May 24 to June 08 this year, particularly in the country's border districts including in Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Naogaon, and Satkhira.

The peace observatory project has prepared the report based on information from 25 media outlets, including national and local dailies, TV channels, and news portals. However, this information was not verified from the field level.

The Rajshahi Medical College Hospital authorities confirmed that in this timeline (May 24 to June 08), some 50 people died with Covid-19 like symptoms at their facility. Most of the suspected Covid-19 cases were from the Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, and Naogaon.

In the Khulna division, at least six deaths were reported with Covid-19 symptoms and the majority of them are from Satkhira.

According to the report, during the period from March 22, 2020 to June 08, 2021 the Dhaka division saw 396 deaths with Covid-19 like symptoms while the number of similar deaths recorded in the Chattogram division was 741. Mymensingh division had 64 such deaths, the lowest record, added the BPO report.

Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna, and Barishal divisions reported 102, 289, 95, 371, and 244 deaths respectively.

The top 10 districts in terms of deaths from Covid-like symptoms are Cumilla, Chandpur, Khulna, Satkhira, Chattogram, Dhaka, Barishal, Rajshahi, Bogura, and Patuakhali, according to the report.

The highest 252 people died of Covid-like symptoms in Cumilla district while Patuakhali saw the lowest 51 deaths, the report added.

The BPO project has been regularly publishing reports on multiple issues with financial support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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