With detection of 192 new cases in five districts on Saturday, the total number of COVID-19 infected patients in Rajshahi division now climbed to 8,429, said a COVID-19 quarantine and isolation related daily report on Sunday.
Gopendra Nath Acharya, divisional director of health, said, of the new positive cases, the highest 89 were detected in Rajshahi district including 78 in the city followed by 55 in Bogura district.
Apart from this, 32 people also tested positive for the novel virus infection afresh in Sirajganj, 13 in Natore and three in Chapainawabganj districts on the day.
With the new detected cases, the district-wise break-up of the reported COVID-19 cases now stands at 1,601 in Rajshahi including 1,234 in Rajshahi city, 177 in Chapainawabganj, 674 in Naogaon, 294 in Natore, 550 in Joypurhat, 3,711 in Bogura, 823 in Sirajganj and 599 in Pabna districts.
Of the total infected patients, 3,271 have, so far, been cured from the disease with 114 deaths including 70 in Bogura and 15 in Rajshahi while 815 others were undergoing treatment in hospitals in the division till Sunday morning.
Following detection of new cases, the houses of the infected people were placed on 14-day lockdown.
Gopendra Nath said the persons, who came in contact with COVID-19 patients, were asked to remain in home isolation so that the virus cannot spread further.
He said all the positive cases for COVID-19 have, so far, been brought under necessary treatment while 2,086 others are being monitored in isolation units in different hospitals under institutional supervision and another 1,138 were released.
On the other hand, a total of 192 more people has been sent to home and institutional quarantine afresh while 456 others were released in all eight districts of the division over the last 24 hours till 8:00am today.
With this, the number of total quarantined people in both home and institutions stood at 4,625 at present. A total of 49,091 people had, so far, been kept under quarantine since 10 March in the division to prevent community transmission of coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
Of them, 44,466 have been released after completing their respective 14-day quarantine.
Divisional director Gopendra Nath added that utmost emphasis has been given to bring all the suspected patients under quarantine, isolation and testing.
Meanwhile, 72,078 personal protective equipment (PPE) have, so far, been distributed among the healthcare workforces. There are 42,413 more PPE in stock for distribution. A total of 935 doctors and 1,669 nurses are working in 172 public and private hospitals in the division.
Around 1,914 beds, out of the total 4,899, have been prepared for treatment of the possible COVID-19 infected patients.
There are arrangements of 462 beds in isolation units here and 19 ambulances for emergency transportation for treatment of the infected patients.