1,285 new infections and 45 fatalities reported in 24 hours
Bangladesh registered 45 deaths from Covid-19 in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, talking the total number of fatalities to 11,878.
The country's total number of cases also climbed to 772,127, with 1,285 people testing positive over the same period.
The latest single-day caseload is the lowest since March 15, when health authorities recorded 1,773 cases. On March 14, the number of Covid cases recorded was 1,159.
The latest figures, released by the health directorate Saturday afternoon, show an infection rate of 8.78%.
To date, 5,613,979 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 13.75%.
Of the 45 new deceased, 26 were men and 19 women. Of them, 21 were from Dhaka division, 13 from Chittagong, three from Khulna, two each from Barisal, Sylhet, and Rangpur and one each from Rajshahi and Mymensingh divisions.
All of them died while undergoing treatment at the different hospitals of the country.
So far, 8,615 men (72.53% of the total) and 3,263 women (27.47%) have died from Covid-19 across the country.
Since March 2020, 6,900 people have died in Dhaka division, 2,188 in Chittagong, 620 in Rajshahi, 721 in Khulna, 360 in Barisal, 411 in Sylhet, 432 in Rangpur, and 246 in Mymensingh.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.54%.
The health directorate said 2,492 people also recovered from the disease between 8am Friday and 8am Saturday.
So far, 706,833 patients – 91.54% – have made full recovery across the country.
As many as 14,703 samples, including the pending ones, were tested in the 443 authorized labs – government and private.
Currently, 18,973 people are in isolation and 48,486 are quarantined.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh on Saturday detected its first case of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India.
The variant was detected from a sample collected at the Evercare Hospital in Dhaka, confirmed Dr Tahmina Shirin, director of IEDCR.
On March 8 last year, health authorities had reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain that 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 virus claimed more than 3,286,000 lives after infecting over 157,627,000 people across the world till Saturday afternoon, according to worldometer. As many as 135,105,000 people have also recovered.