Covid-19: Bangladesh records 4 more deaths, 178 new cases

Bangladesh tallied another four deaths from Covid-19 while the caseload jumped by 178 in the 24 hours to 8am on Sunday.

Besides, 178 more patients recovered from the disease in the 24 hours between 8am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The latest additions took the country’s death toll to 27,895, the total caseload to 1,571,013 and the total number of recoveries to 1,534,825.

A total of 15,234 samples were tested during the 24-hour period, yielding an infection rate of 1.17%.

According to the data, the country’s overall Covid-19 mortality rate until Sunday morning remained static at 1.78%, overall recovery rate at 97.7%, and the overall positivity lowered to 15%.

The seven-day moving average of single-day deaths in Bangladesh was 3.8 on Sunday.

In terms of deaths per division, Dhaka tallied the highest with two fatalities followed by Chittagong and Rajshahi with one death each.

Of the new patients, Dhaka logged 119 cases, the highest among the divisions, followed by Chittagong with 27. No new cases were reported in 34 districts of the country. 

Around 43.3 million people in the country have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Of them, some 30.5 million have taken both doses, according to DGHS data on Thursday.

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, 2020. The first death was reported 10 days later.

The country, however, 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%.

On November 1, the government started administering doses of Pfizer vaccine to school students aged 12-17.

A large number of the population has also been vaccinated with the government expecting more vaccine doses by the end of this month from multiple sources.

However, experts have warned against complacency as many countries are seeing a surge in infections yet again.

The fast-spreading coronavirus has so far claimed over five million lives and infected nearly 250 million people throughout the world, according to Worldometer.

More than 226 million people have recovered from the disease, which has affected 223 countries and territories across the planet.

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