Covid-19: Bangladesh records 5 more deaths, 221 fresh cases

Bangladesh recorded five more deaths from Covid-19 and 221 new cases in the 24 hours between 8am Thursday and 8am Friday.

With the latest development, the number of daily deaths saw an increase after registering only one death on Thursday.

At the same time, 219 patients also recovered across the country, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Some 17,231 samples were tested at 834 labs around the country, yielding a positivity rate of 1.28%.

The latest data released on Monday evening took the nation’s Covid-19 death toll to 27,912, total caseload to 1,572,127, and total recoveries to 1,536,111.

According to the data, the country’s overall Covid-19 mortality rate until Monday morning remained static at 1.78% and overall recovery rate at 97.71% while the overall positivity rate climbed down to 14.88%.

The seven-day moving average of single-day deaths in Bangladesh was 3.14 on Friday.

In terms of deaths per division, Dhaka and Chittagong tallied the highest with two fatalities each while Khulna reported one.

Of the new patients, Dhaka logged 152 cases, the highest among the divisions. No new cases were reported in 36 districts of the country. 

Around 51.12 million people in the country have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Of them, some 32.53 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 more than 252 million people throughout the world, according to Worldometer.

More than 228 million people have recovered from the disease, which has affected 223 countries and territories across the planet.

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