94 more die, another 4,192 test positive in last 24 hours
The death toll from the coronavirus infection has surpassed the grim 10,000 mark in Bangladesh, with 94 more people dying of the deadly virus in the past 24 hours.
With the latest figure, the number of total fatalities surged to 10,081 till Thursday morning.
Bangladesh reached the grim milestone a little over a year after its first fatality was reported on March 18, 2020.
With the coronavirus ripping through the country in a fresh wave, it just took only 15 days to surpass the 10,000 mark. Fatalities crossed 9,000 on March 31.
On Wednesday, the country recorded the highest ever figure of 96 deaths in the 24-hour span.
Meanwhile, 4,192 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the number of total confirmed cases to 707,362.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) revealed the latest figures on Covid-19 in the country through a press release on Thursday afternoon.
The latest data also marked a jump in the seven-day moving average of coronavirus fatalities to 80 from Wednesday's 77.14.
Of the 94 deceased – 64 men and 30 women – 69 were from Dhaka division, 12 from Chittagong, six from Rajshahi, three from Khulna, two from Barisal and one each from Sylhet and Rangpur divisions.
Of the victims, 90 died at different hospitals and four at home.
So far, 7,499 men (74.39%) and 2,582 women (25.61%) have died from Covid-19 in the country.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,854 people have died in Dhaka division, 1,808 in Chittagong, 541 in Rajshahi, 628 in Khulna, 301 in Barisal, 346 in Sylhet, 391 in Rangpur and 212 in Mymensingh.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.43%.
According to government data, individuals who are 60 years old and above are the most vulnerable to Covid-19, with 56.29% of people in the age group succumbing to the malady till Thursday.
Besides, 24.60% of the deceased were aged 51 to 60, 11.16% were between the ages of 41 and 50, 4.94% were 31 to 40 years of age, 1.90% were between 21 and 30, 0.70% were aged 11 to 20 and 0.40% were aged 0 to 10.
The DGHS said 18,770 samples had been collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours.
As many as 19,959 samples, including pending ones, were tested in the 257 authorized labs — government and private — across the country and 4,192 new patients were confirmed.
The latest figures show an infection rate of 21%.
To date, 5,115,572 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 13.83% so far.
The health authorities said 5,915 people had recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.
So far, 597,214 patients – 84.43% – have made full recovery across the country.
On March 8 last year, the country’s health authorities reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus 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 claimed 2,988,805 lives and infected 138,976,248 people across the world till Thursday afternoon, according to Worldometer.
As many as 114,490,683 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has spread to 219 countries and territories across the planet.
Source: Worldometer, World Health Organization, Directorate General of Health Services
Analysis by Syed Abdullah Al Ahsan
Infographic by Asmaul Hoque Mamun