Total fatalities cross 16,000, with 1,000 deaths reported in just five days
Bangladesh has yet again recorded its highest single-day death toll since the pandemic began, with the toll now over 16,000 and the total number of cases crossing one million.
The country recorded 212 deaths in 24 hours to 8am on Friday, surpassing the previous high of 201 just two days ago.
It took only five days for the toll to rise by 1,000; it was on Sunday when fatalities topped 15,000.
The caseload jumped by 11,324 during the same time, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
With the latest development, the total number of deaths reached 16,004, while the number of total infections rose to 1,000,543 in the country.
Khulna division reported 79 deaths, the highest among the eight divisions, followed by Dhaka with 53 deaths.
Chittagong division counted 26 deaths while Rajshahi 23, Rangpur 12, Mymensingh eight, Sylhet six, and Barisal five.
As many as 36,586 samples were tested across the country, with a positivity rate of 30.95%. The overall test positivity rate stands at 14.49%.
Dhaka logged 4,313 cases, the highest among the divisions followed by Chittagong with 1,859 cases, Khulna with 1,656, and Rajshahi with 1,246.
On the other hand, another 6,038 patients recovered from the infectious disease across the country, taking the total number of recovery to 862,384.
Of the 212 deceased – 119 men and 93 women – 90 were aged above 60 years, 56 aged between 51 and 60, 40 aged between 41 and 50, 17 aged between 31 and 40, seven in the 21-30 age group, and two belonging to the 11-20 age group.
The pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 11,254 men (70.32%) and 4,750 women (29.68%).
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.6%.
On Friday, 723 people received a second dose of Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine, taking the total to nearly 4.295 million. Meanwhile, a little over 1.525 million people received the first dose of the vaccine and are awaiting the second dose.
Additionally, 19,789 people received the first dose of Sinopharm vaccine during the same period, taking the total to 123,676 till now, while 2,237 people received the second dose till Friday.
Meanwhile, 3,011 people were administered with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, taking the total to 9,773.
The health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a strain of coronavirus named Sars-CoV-2, on March 8, 2020.
Since November last year, five variants of the virus have been detected in Bangladesh including the Indian variant (B.1.617.2) being the latest. It was later renamed as the Delta variant.
The rest of the variants identified in the country are the UK (B.1.1.7), South Africa (B.1.351), Nigeria (B.1.525) and Brazilian (P1) variants of the coronavirus.
The coronavirus disease 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 4.028 million lives and infected more than 186.46 million people across the world till Friday afternoon, according to Worldometer.
As many as 170.574 million people have recovered from Covid-19, which has spread to 220 countries and territories across the planet.