619 new cases, 7 more deaths in 24 hours
Bangladesh recorded seven more Covid-19-related deaths and 619 new cases in the 24 hours till Thursday morning, registering a rise in its daily infection rate.
With the updated figures, the Covid-19 fatalities climbed to 8,435, while the total number of infections went up to 548,549 in the country.
The daily infection rate on Thursday stood at 3.87%. It was 3.74% on Wednesday.
The overall infection rate fell slightly, to 13.36% – with a total of 4,105,321 tests being conducted across the country till now. The figure was 13.40% on Wednesday.
As many as 15,985 samples, including pending ones, were tested in the 219 authorized labs — government and private — across the country.
At the same time, the mortality rate against the total number of cases detected has so far remained steady at 1.54% for the past few days.
Meanwhile, the 7-day moving average of daily deaths in Bangladesh has been below 10 for nine days straight.
As of Thursday, the rolling average stood at 7.3. On February 24, the 7-day moving average went below 10 (9.29), for the first time in months ever since the death toll went up from May. The rolling average on May 12 last year stood at 9.57 before shooting up.
For a 7-day moving average, one has to take the data of the preceding one week, add them up, and divide it by 7. The most common application of a moving average is to identify trend direction.
The health authorities said that a total of 841 people had recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.
So far, 500,468 patients – 91.23% 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 2019 and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast-spreading coronavirus has claimed more than 2,573,000 lives and infected as many as 115,854,000 people across the world till Thursday afternoon, according to worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
As many as 91,539,000 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has affected 219 countries and territories across the planet.