13 more die, another 762 test positive in 24 hours
Bangladesh has registered 13 more deaths from Covid-19 in the 24 hours until Friday morning, taking the total number of fatalities to 7,862.
The latest single-day death toll is the lowest since November 12, when the same number of fatalities were recorded.
On November 11, the number of daily fatalities stood at 19.
The highest number of Covid-19 deaths on a single day in Bangladesh was 64 on June 30.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the country has now crossed 526,000, with 762 people testing positive in the past 24 hours. The number of confirmed cases now stands at 526,485, according to the daily virus update released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Friday.
Of the 13 deceased -- nine men and four women -- 10 were from Dhaka division, and one each from Rajshahi, Khulna, and Rangpur divisions.
Among the victims, 12 died at hospitals and one at home.
So far, 5,963 men (75.85%) and 1,899 women (24.15%) have died from Covid-19 across the country. The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.49%.
The DGHS said 13,652 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours. As many as 13,678 samples, including those pending , were tested at the 199 authorized labs across the country.
The daily infection rate of stands at 5.57% with the 762 new confirmed cases.
To date, 3,431,792 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 15.34%.
Health authorities said 718 people have recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.
So far, 471,123 patients — 89.48% of all infected — have made full recoveries 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 named Sars-CoV-2.
The novel coronavirus broke out in China's Wuhan city in late December, 2019 and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast spreading coronavirus has claimed 2,004,466 lives and infected 93,616,151 people across the world till Friday afternoon, according to Worldometer.
As many as 66,920,900 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 219 countries and territories across the planet.