Kushtia General Hospital on Wednesday morning reported eight more Covid-related deaths in 24 hours amid an alarming surge in the number of new infections in the district.
Of the deceased, six were confirmed Covid patients while the remaining two showed symptoms of the virus, said Dr MA Momen, administrator of Kushtia General Hospital.
Besides, 189 people have tested positive for corona in the district in the past 24 hours. "A total of 681 samples were tested during the period," he said.
The positivity rate currently stands at 28.42%, which was 33.89% a day before.
Moreover, a total of 194 patients are currently undergoing treatment at the hospital with Covid symptoms.
Dr Momen, however, said there is no oxygen crisis in the hospital at present. "Now on, it will be possible to refill upto 100 oxygen cylinders in Kushtia itself on a daily basis."
Kushtia Civil Surgeon HM Anwarul Islam said that many patients died in the district hospitals before their test reports came. "One of the reasons being people not obeying the Covid-safety protocols and restrictions," he said.
So far, 7,726 people have contracted Covid in the district, while the death toll from the virus currently stands at 202. A total of 5,485 people have recovered to date.