Health authorities report seven Covid deaths and 466 new cases in 24 hours
Bangladesh has recorded its lowest daily test positivity rate for Covid-19 since April 5, 2020.
In the 24 hours between 8am Wednesday and 8am Thursday morning, according to DGHS, 21,568 samples were tested at 829 labs across the country, yielding a 2.16% infection rate as 466 cases came back Covid-19 positive.
On April 4, 2020, the test positivity rate was 2.07%.
This development also marks the continuation of the ongoing trend of single-digit percentage infection rate in the country.
The daily rate has stayed below 5% for 24 consecutive days, while the overall infection rate in the country stands at 15.58%.
Between Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) also recorded seven more deaths from Covid-19.
Bangladesh last logged seven deaths on October 8, which was the lowest since March 17 when the country had recorded 11 such deaths.
In the 24 hours till Thursday morning, 695 Covid-19 patients also recovered across the country.
The latest data took the nation's death toll to 27,737, total caseload to 1,564,485, and total recoveries to 1,526,338, DGHS said in its routine daily statement.
The number of new fatalities and new cases registered a sharp decline on Thursday as the country reported 17 deaths and 518 infections only a day ago.
The seven-day moving average of single-day deaths in Bangladesh was 12.85 on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the latest figures have put the recovery rate at 97.56% and the mortality rate at 1.77%.
In terms of deaths per division, Dhaka logged the highest with three fatalities followed by Chittagong with two. Khulna and Rajshahi counted one death each.
Three of the seven were men and four women.
So far, Covid-19 has taken the lives of 17,771 males and 9,966 females across the nation.
According to DGHS, of the total 27,737 fatalities, 12,097 deaths occurred in Dhaka Division, 5,627 in Chittagong, 2,033 in Rajshahi, 3,579 in Khulna, 943 in Barisal, 1,258 in Sylhet, 1,361 in Rangpur and 839 in Mymensingh Division.
Until Wednesday, around 37.47 million people in the country received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Of them, some 18.59 million got both doses, according to DGHS.
Bangladesh reported its first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a strain of coronavirus later named Sars-CoV-2, on March 8 last year. The first death was reported 10 days later.
Until Thursday evening, the fast-spreading virus claimed over 4.89 million lives after infecting more than 240 million people throughout the world, according to worldometer.
More than 217.36 million people have also recovered from the disease, which has affected 221 countries and territories across the planet.