21 die in last 24 hours, another 2,199 test positive
Bangladesh has recorded 21 more deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing up the curve of total fatalities to 3,132.
This is the lowest single-day body count since July 1, when 22 coronavirus fatalities were recorded.
Besides, the country’s coronavirus case tally neared the grim 240,000 mark as 2,199 people tested positive between Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon.
Additional Director General (Administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Prof Nasima Sultana, revealed the latest figures from Dhaka on Saturday afternoon, in a daily online bulletin.
Of the deceased -- 16 men and five women, the highest figure of nine was from Dhaka division, five from Khulna, three from Chittagong, two from Barisal, and one each from Rajshahi and Mymensingh divisions.
Eight of the deceased were from the 61-70 age group, five from the 71-80 age group, four from the 51-60 age group, two from the 41-50 age group and one each from the 11-20 and 81-90 age groups.
So far, 2,462 (78.61%) men and 670 (21.39%) women have died from Covid-19 across the country.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.31%.
The DGHS official said that 8,669 samples had been collected from suspected Covid-19 patients between Friday morning and Saturday morning.
As many as 8,802 samples, including the impending ones, were tested in authorized labs across the country and 2,199 new patients were confirmed.
However, the latest figures depict an infection rate of 24.98%.
Till date, 1,185,611 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 20.23% so far.
Prof Nasima Sultana said 1,117 people had recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.
So far, a total of 136,253 patients — 56.81% of all infected — have made full recovery across the country.
On March 8, the health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain which was later named Sars-CoV-2.
The novel coronavirus broke out in China's Wuhan city in late December last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast-spreading coronavirus has claimed 683,491 lives and infected 17,786,110 people across the world till Saturday afternoon, according to Worldometer.
As many as 11,181,140 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has spread to 213 countries and territories across the planet.