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31 more corona positive in Rangpur division

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A Correspondent
Rangpur: Thirty-one more people were tested positive for coronavirus in Rangpur division on Friday at the COVID-19 Laboratory in Rangpur Medical College (RpMC) in Rangpur city.
Chief of Divisional Coronavirus Service and Prevention Task Force and Principal of RpMC Professor Dr. AKM Nurunnabi Lyzu said the rate of daily COVID-19 infections continues to decline in recent weeks in the division.
“The 31 new infected cases were reported after diagnosing 188 samples collected from Rangpur, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram districts at the infection rate of about 16.49 percent in the laboratory in Rangpur city,” he said.
“The 31 patients include 13 of Rangpur, six of Gaibandha, eight of Kurigram and four of Lalmonirhat districts,” Dr. Lyzu said.
Meanwhile, the testing of samples remained suspended for the ninth consecutive day today at the COVID-19 Laboratory at M Abdur Rahim Medical College (MARMC) in Dinajpur of Rangpur division due to technical problems.
Principal of MARMC Professor Dr Syed Nazir Hossain said experts from the IEDCR in Dhaka are expected to complete repairing works of the PCR machine at the laboratory to resume the process of testing samples at
the earliest possible time.
Focal Person of COVID-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr. ZA Siddiqui said the total number of COVID-19 patients rose to 11,133 in the division as 31 new cases of four districts were reported today.
“The district-wise break up of the 11,133 patients stands at 2,630 in Rangpur, 542 in Panchagarh, 980 in Nilphamari, 795 in Lalmonirhat, 852 in Kurigram, 1,018 in Thakurgaon, 3,227 in Dinajpur and 1,089 Gaibandha districts,” Dr. Siddiqui said.