Covid-19: Bangladesh records 6 more deaths, 211 new cases

Bangladesh reported six fresh fatalities from Covid-19 while the caseload jumped by 211 in the 24 hours to 8am on Sunday.

With the latest development, the nation’s total number of deaths reached 27,868, and the number of total infections rose to 1,569,539, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

On the other hand, another 276 patients recovered across the country, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,533,423.

Between Saturday and Sunday mornings, as many as 17,226 samples were tested at 833 labs across the country -- yielding a positivity rate of 1.22%.

The latest data have put the overall infection rate at 15.16%, the recovery rate at 97.7%, and the mortality rate at 1.78%.

Meanwhile, the seven-day moving average of single-day deaths in the country was 6.42 on Sunday.

Three of the latest six deceased were in Dhaka Division, while Chittagong reported two and Khulna one.

Two of them were men and four were women.

Of the new patients, Dhaka logged 154 cases, the highest among the divisions, followed by Chittagong with 22. No new cases were reported in 37 districts of the country. 

Bangladesh has been witnessing infection rates below or around 2% for the past few weeks. The country last recorded an infection rate of over 3% on October 4 when the figure stood at 3.19%.

However, according to experts, the flatline should not be a reason for complacency, as many countries are seeing a surge in infections yet again.

Furthermore, researchers have identified a new variant, known as the new Delta Plus or AY 4.2 variant of coronavirus, in neighbouring India. The new Delta Plus variant is already causing a rise in infections in the UK and Israel.

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 Sunday evening, the fast-spreading virus claimed over five million lives after infecting more than 247.27 million people throughout the world, according to worldometer.

At the same time, nearly 224 million people have also recovered from the disease, which has affected 221 countries and territories across the planet.

Mass vaccination

Until Friday, around 41.51 million people in the country have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Of them, some 26.77 million have taken both doses, according to DGHS data.

A new campaign to vaccinate school students, aged 12-17, against Covid-19 will kick off at 12 centres in Dhaka on Monday.

Some 40,000 students will be vaccinated every day under the campaign, according to Health Minister Zahid Maleque.

Bangladesh on Thursday launched the second phase of its special nationwide mass vaccination drive, aiming to vaccinate eight million people with the second shot in a day.

The 9am-3pm vaccination drive was part of the special campaign that was first unveiled on September 27 to mark Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's 75th birthday.

On September 28, the first phase of the special nationwide mass vaccination drive was launched.

However, that target to inoculate eight million people was not met in a single day. Across eight divisions, 6,625,123 people were vaccinated, "which is still a record number of jabs inoculated in a single day in Bangladesh,” according to DGHS.

Besides, 8,093,236 people were vaccinated with the first dose under this campaign, which was extended to September 29.

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