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Daily Covid-19 deaths cross 100 for second straight day

  • Published at 04:31 pm April 17th, 2021
File photo of health workers bringing out the body of a Covid-19 victim at Mugda General Hospital in Dhaka, on Monday, April 12, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh recorded 101 deaths and 3,473 cases during the last 24 hours

Bangladesh has reported over 100 coronavirus deaths in a day again. 

In the 24 hours to Saturday morning, 101 new fatalities were reported, taking the death toll to 10,283.

Total cases climbed to 715,252 after 3,473 new infections were recorded, according to data released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

During the same period, 16,185 samples, including the pending ones, were tested in 257 authorized labs across the country.

Some 15,413 samples were collected in the 24 hours. Official data shows the number of samples tested gradually dropped below the 19,000 mark, down from around 34,000 samples in a span of just five days. 

However, the test positivity rate remains upward despite the fall in samples tested. The latest figures show an infection rate of 21.46% against the overall figure of 13.86% since the pandemic broke out in the country in March last year.

After the country detected the first three Covid-19 cases on March 8 last year, the infection rate started to rise sharply in two months. The figure continued to be over the 20% level until late August, before plummeting significantly at the end of last year.

The downward trend was in place almost throughout last winter. The rate was below 5% for two months but it again started to intensify from the second week of March this year.

If the infection rate remains below the 5% mark for two consecutive weeks, it is considered that the Covid-19 situation is well controlled in a country, the World Health Organisation says.

However, it has taken a serious turn, and since late last month, causing the daily caseloads to break the previous records almost every day.

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 had claimed 3,014,761 lives and infected 140,643,165 people across the world till Wednesday afternoon, according to Worldometer.

As many as 119,468,712 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has spread to 219 countries and territories across the planet.

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