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Covid-19 kills 23 more in Bangladesh, another 1,209 test positive in 24 hours

  • Published at 03:22 pm October 17th, 2020
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A relative wearing protective suit reacts while burying the body of a man who died due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at a graveyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 8, 2020 Reuters

Death toll reaches 5,646

Bangladesh has registered 23 more deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours until Saturday morning, taking the number of total fatalities to 5,646.

The country also logged more than 387,000 coronavirus cases with 1,209 people having tested positive over the same period.

With the latest figure, the number of all confirmed cases so far jumped to 387,295, according to the daily virus update released on Saturday by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).  

Of the 23 deceased -- 18 men and five women -- 14 were from Dhaka division, four from Chittagong, two each from Barisal and Rangpur, and one from Khulna division.

All the victims died at different hospitals in the country.

So far, 4,345 men (76.96%) and 1,301 women (23.04%) have died from Covid-19 across the country.

The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.46%.             

The DGHS said 11,012 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours. 

As many as 11,573 samples, including the pending ones, were tested in the 110 authorized labs — government and private — across the country and 1,209 new patients were confirmed.

The latest figures show an infection rate of 10.45%.

To date, 2,151,702 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 18% so far.   

The health authorities said 1,560 people recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.

So far, 302,298 patients — 78.05% of all infected — have made full recovery across the country.

On March 8, 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 1,109,858 lives and infected 39,634,820 people across the world till Saturday afternoon, according to Worldometer.

As many as 29,680,228 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 215 countries and territories across the planet.

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