18 more die, 399 new cases in 24 hours
The daily test positivity rate for Covid-19 in Bangladesh has jumped above 3% again in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning.
The latest daily infection rate was recorded at 3.13% while it was 3.30% on Monday.
Until Friday, the test positivity rate remained below 3% for four consecutive days, before it jumped to 3.14% on Saturday and dropped to 2.33% on Sunday.
On February 15, the infection rate rose to 3.15%, after remaining below the mark for 10 days straight.
The daily test positivity in the country has been in single digits since December 19.
A total of 399 new infections were reported from 12,748 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
With the latest infections, the number of all confirmed cases jumped to 544,116, according to the daily virus update by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), released on Tuesday afternoon.
A total of 12,698 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the past 24 hours for testing at 214 authorized labs across the country.
The overall infection rate in the country stands at 13.70% from 3,069,162 tests that have been conducted, so far.
Meanwhile, the country registered 18 more deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the number of total fatalities to 8,374.
Of the 18 deceased – 10 men and eight women – 12 were from Dhaka division, two each from Chittagong and Rajshahi, and one each from Khulna and Rangpur divisions.
Of the victims, 16 died at different hospitals across the country while 2 died at home.
So far, 6,335 men (75.65%) and 2,039 women (24.35%) have died from Covid-19 across the country.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected in the country stands at 1.54%.
The DGHS said 828 people have recovered from Covid-19 over the last 24 hours.
So far, 492,887 patients — 90.58% of all infected — have made full recoveries across the country.
Currently, 9,909 people are in isolation and 31,857 are quarantined.
Meanwhile, the health authorities had inoculated as many as 2,308,157 people against Covid-19 till Monday. Of them, 1,518,715 are male and 789,442 female.
Additionally, 3,646,970 people had registered to get the vaccine till Tuesday at 2:30pm.
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, 2019 and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast spreading coronavirus has claimed 2,487,236 lives and infected 112,336,160 people across the world till Tuesday afternoon, according to Worldometer.
As many as 87,865,517 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 220 countries and territories across the planet.
The US has recorded the most cases since the start of the pandemic with 28,826,307 followed by India with 11,016,434 and Brazil with 10,197,531.
Meanwhile, as many as 512,590 people died from Covid-19 so far in the US.
Brazil has the world's second-highest Covid-19 death toll, after the US, and the third-largest outbreak, after the US and India.
Brazil reported 247,276 deaths from Covid-19 while death toll in India reached 156,498.