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Covid-19: Bangladesh records lowest single-day infection rate in 7 weeks

  • Published at 04:13 pm May 3rd, 2021
Covid-19 dead body graveyard Dhaka 20 April 2021
Family members carry the body of a Covid-19 victim for burial at a graveyard in Dhaka on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

65 more people die, another 1,739 test positive in 24 hours

Bangladesh has recorded its lowest daily test-positivity rate in 47 days. In the 24 hours to Monday morning, another 1,739 cases were detected, at an 8.95% infection rate.

On March 17, the daily test-positivity rate was 7.68%.

The country recorded single-digit percentage test positivity rate for three days in a row now.

This clearly depicts a downward trend in the daily test-positivity rate, where the average figure to date stands at 13.84%.

In the last 24 hours, Bangladesh also registered 65 more deaths from the deadly virus – taking the number of total fatalities to 11,644.

With the latest figures, the number of all confirmed cases so far jumped to 763,682, according to the daily virus update released on Monday by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Of the 65 deceased – 42 men and 23 women – 32 were from Dhaka division, 17 from Chittagong, six from Sylhet, four from Khulna, and two each from Rajshahi, Barisal, and Rangpur divisions.

Of them, 45 patients died in government hospitals, 15 in private hospitals, and five at home. 

So far, 8,476 men (72.79%) and 3,168 women (27.21%) have died from Covid-19 across the country. 

Since the beginning, 6,784 people have died in Dhaka division, 2,116 in Chittagong, 607 in Rajshahi, 712 in Khulna, 353 in Barisal, 401 in Sylhet, 428 in Rangpur, and 243 in Mymensingh.

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The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.52%.

The DGHS said 19,452 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the past 24 hours. 

As many as 19,431 samples were tested in the 420 authorized labs — government and private — across the country and 1,739 new patients were confirmed.

The health authorities said 3,834 people recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.

So far, 691,162 patients – 90.50% – have made full recovery 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 which was later named Sars-CoV-2. The country also recorded its first fatality on March 18.

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 3,218,006 lives and infected 153,565,239 people across the world till Monday afternoon, according to Worldometer.

As many as 130,919,428 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 220 countries and territories across the planet.

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