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Covid-19: Bangladesh records lowest daily deaths in 5 months

  • Published at 03:25 pm October 18th, 2020
File photo: Al-Markazul Islami staff bury the body of a Covid-19 patient at a graveyard in Dhaka on April 11, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

14 die, another 1,274 test positive in 24 hours

Bangladesh has registered 14 more deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours until Sunday morning, taking the number of total fatalities to 5,660. 

The latest single-day body count is the lowest since May 17 when the same number of fatalities was recorded. 

The country's highest death toll from Covid-19 was 64, which was recorded on June 30.

Bangladesh also logged more than 388,000 coronavirus cases with 1,274 people testing positive over the 24-hour span.

With the latest figure, the number of all confirmed cases so far jumped to 388,569, according to the daily virus update released on Sunday by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).  

Of the 14 deceased -- 12 men and two women -- six were from Dhaka division, two each from Rajshahi and Khulna, and one each from Chittagong, Barisal, Sylhet, and Mymensingh divisions.

All the victims died at different hospitals in the country.

So far, 4,357 men (76.98%) and 1,303 women (23.02%) 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 12,189 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours. 

As many as 11,866 samples were tested in the 110 authorized labs — government and private — across the country and 1,274 new patients were confirmed.

The latest figures show an infection rate of 10.74%.

To date, 2,163,568 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 17.96% so far.   

The health authorities said 1,674 people recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.

So far, 303,972 patients — 78.23% 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 1,115,236 lives and infected 40,008,622 people across the world till Sunday afternoon, according to Worldometer.

As many as 29,924,471 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 215 countries and territories across the planet.

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