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With detection of record 253 new cases in all eight districts on Saturday, the total number of novel coronavirus infected patients in Rajshahi division climbed to 1,540, said a COVID-19 quarantine and isolation related daily report on Sunday, reports BSS.

Of the new cases, 161 were detected in Bogura district, taking its total cases to 731, the highest number in the division, said Gopendra Nath Acharya, divisional director of health, adding 57 more people have also tested positive for COVID-19 in Pabna district followed by 13 in Naogaon.

The district-wise reported COVID-19 cases now stands at 76 in Rajshahi, 57 in Chapainawabganj, 159 in Naogaon, 66 in Natore, 214 in Joypurhat, 731 in Bogura, 108 in Sirajganj and 129 in Pabna districts.

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Of the total infected patients, 304 have, so far, recovered from the deadly disease with 16 fatalities and 323 others are undergoing treatment in hospitals in the division till this morning.

Gopendra Nath said all the COVID-19 patients have, so far, been brought under necessary treatment while 590 others are being monitored in isolation units in different hospitals and another 378 were released.

Following confirmation of new COVID-19 cases, the respective houses of the infected persons in different areas in the division were placed on 14-day home isolation.

The divisional director of health further said the whereabouts of the persons, who came in contact with COVID-19 patients, were brought to notice and they were asked to remain in home isolation so that the virus cannot spread further.

On the other hand, another 269 people have been sent to home and institutional quarantine as part of the efforts to bring all the suspected patients under quarantine while 298 others were released in the division over the last 24 hours till 8:00am today.

With this, the number of total quarantined people in home and institutional facilities stood at 3,680. A total of 40,265 people had, so far, been kept under quarantine since 10 March to prevent community transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Of them, 36,585 have been released as they completed their respective 14-day quarantine period in the division.

Among the new quarantined people, two have been kept in home in Rajshahi, five in Chapainawabganj, 97 in Naogaon, 14 in Natore, 37 Joypurhat, 45 in Bogura, two in Sirajganj and 67 in Pabna districts.

Divisional director Gopendra Nath added that utmost emphasis has been given to bring all the suspected patients under quarantine, isolation and testing.

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