Covid-19: Bangladesh records 5 deaths, 291 fresh cases

Bangladesh registered five new deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours to Tuesday morning.

Besides, in the 24-hour period, the country also recorded 291 new cases while seeing 308 patients recover, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The latest additions took the country’s death toll to 28,010, the total caseload to 1,578,011 and the total number of recoveries to 1,542,908.

A total 20,014 samples were tested at 848 labs across the country during the 24-hour period, yielding a positivity rate of 1.45%.

According to the data, the country’s overall Covid-19 mortality rate until Tuesday morning stood at 1.78%, overall recovery rate at 97.78%, and the overall positivity lowered to 14.32%.

The seven-day moving average of single-day deaths in Bangladesh was 3.57 on Tuesday.

In terms of deaths per division, Dhaka logged the highest with four fatalities while Chittagong recorded one.

Of the new patients, Dhaka logged 219 cases, the highest among the divisions. No new cases were reported in 35 districts of the country.

Around 65.3 million people in the country have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Of them, some 38.49 million have taken both doses, according to DGHS data collected till Monday.

On December 1, Bangladesh crossed a landmark of administering 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, nearly in 10 months after kicking off a nationwide campaign.

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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%.

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.

Meanwhile, the discovery of a new variant, Omicron, has triggered a global alarm. 

The new mutation was first discovered in South Africa and have since been detected in Belgium, Botswana, Israel and Hong Kong.

Called B.1.1.529, Omicron is the fifth variant of concern designated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The fast-spreading coronavirus has so far claimed over 5.2 million lives and infected over 266 million people throughout the world, according to Worldometer.

More than 240 million people have recovered from the disease, which has affected 223 countries and territories across the planet.

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