During the same period, 15,271 new coronavirus cases were reported, taking the total caseload to 1,226,253, according to the DGHS. On Thursday evening, 239 COVID-19 related deaths were reported across the country in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 20,255. Dengue infected patients are seen hospitalised at the Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital in Dhaka
Almost all the dengue cases, barring about 70, have been found in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s sprawling capital, home to about 17 million people. A children’s hospital in Dhaka saw an increase in number of dengue cases in past few weeks
The dengue outbreak has put further pressure on Bangladesh’s healthcare, which is already on the brink of a collapse due to a vicious third wave of the coronavirus. According to the Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS), a total of 2,292 patients have been diagnosed with dengue this year, including at least three deaths.
And most hospital beds and Intensive Care Units (ICUs) have been taken up by coronavirus patients, making it difficult for patients with a severe case of dengue to get admitted to a facility. Homeless people sleep under the mosquito net to protect themselves from dengue in Dhaka This year, however, the situation is complicated by the fact that COVID-19 and dengue present similar symptoms, making their illnesses more difficult to diagnose.
There was a lull last year when 1,405 patients were diagnosed across the country, with seven killed according to the DGHS data. Bangladesh witnessed its worst-ever dengue outbreak in 2019 when it recorded more than 100,000 cases and 179 deaths.
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