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12:00 AM, July 03, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:52 AM, July 03, 2020

1,500 died with Covid symptoms in 3 months

Says DU dept report

At least 1,500 people have died after showing Covid-19 symptoms between March 22 and June 27 in the country, reported Dhaka University's Centre for Genocide Studies.

The country saw 198 such deaths between June 21 and June 27. In previous two weeks -- June 7-13 and June 14-20 -- the number of deaths were 206 and 205 respectively, it added.

The study, however, said all the deaths might not have been related to Covid-19 as many of the dead tested negative for the virus.

The CGS presented the report styled "Covid-19 Graphics" before the media yesterday. It is the 12th edition of a series of such reports prepared by Bangladesh Peace Observatory (BPO), an initiative of CGS.

The report was prepared based on news reports published or aired by 25 media outlets, including national and local dailies, online news sites, and television channels.

According to the latest report, highest 451 people died with Covid-19 symptoms in Chattogram division, followed by 338 in Dhaka division, 185 in Khulna, 170 in Barishal and 148 in Rajshahi.

Also, 83 people died in Sylhet, 70 in Rangpur and 55 in Mymensingh showing Covid-19 symptoms, the report said.

The report stated that 84 incidents of spreading rumour over Covid-19 were recorded in the country. At least 87 people, including the highest 35 from Dhaka division, were arrested in connection with those incidents.

Furthermore, 544 people were picked up and another 11,028 fined between March 8 and June 27 for committing various offences related to the virus outbreak, including relief embezzlement, violation of social distancing rules, arranging social gatherings, selling counterfeit safety gears and oxygen cylinders, and traveling without face masks.

The report found that 172 protests took place across the country between April 26 and June 27. Some 41 percent of the demonstrations was organised demanding unpaid wages and Eid bonuses and 27 percent demanding relief, aid or food.

Sixteen percent of the protests was staged over shutdown rules, lay-offs, and waiver of rents, while six percent was organised against irregularities in the distribution of relief, aid or food, four percent demanding better treatment and proper medical equipment, and four percent against hike in bus fares, the CGS said.

Two percent of the protests were against the proposed national budget, it said.

Besides, 132 incidents of violence related to coronavirus took place between March 1 and June 27, resulting in 18 deaths and 551 injuries, the report added.


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