Bangladesh, June 30 -- Mentioning that some 14,000 beds have been designated for Covid patients in the country's hospitals, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Tuesday said 40 percent of those are still vacant.

"It's not like that patients are not getting treatment in any hospital of Bangladesh. As of today, we've 60 percent beds occupied while 40 percent are still vacant. We've some 14,000 beds for corona patients," he said.

The minister was responding to allegations brought by opposition MPs while discussing their cut-motions regarding Tk 22,883.86-crore demand in grant for the Health Services Division.

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