Covid-19: Bangladesh logs 1,491 cases at 6.78% positivity rate

The health authorities reported 3 new deaths in 24 hours

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Bangladesh logged 1,491 new Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours to Sunday morning.

The country last recorded 1,562 cases on September 21, last year with a death toll of 26.

With the detection of the new cases after testing 21,980 samples, the daily test positivity rate jumped to 6.78% from Saturday’s 5.79%, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The country’s daily infection rate has been over 5% for three days in a row now.

The health authorities also reported three new deaths in the 24-hour period.

The recovery rate stood at 97.31% with the recovery of 217 more patients during the 24-hour period.

The latest additions took the country’s total fatalities to 28,102, total caseload to 1,593,700, and the total number of recoveries to 1,550,905.

According to the official data, the country’s overall Covid-19 mortality rate until Sunday morning stood at 1.76% and the overall positivity lowered to 13.65%.

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

Of the new patients, Dhaka logged 1,254 cases, the highest among the divisions.

Though the deaths remained relatively low, the daily cases remained mostly over 250 since December 13, according to data provided by the DGHS.

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The country reported the highest number of daily fatalities of 264 on August 5 this year, while the highest daily caseload was 16,230 on July 28 this year.

Bangladesh officially began the dispensation of booster doses of a Covid-19 vaccine on a limited scale from December 26.

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.

Bangladesh lifted nationwide lockdown on August 11. However, experts have warned against complacency as many countries are seeing a surge in infections yet again.

A large number of the population has also been vaccinated with the country crossing the landmark of administering 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines on December 1, nearly in 10 months after kicking off a nationwide campaign.

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

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

Bangladesh reported Omicron cases in two Bangladeshi women cricketers who returned from Zimbabwe earlier in the month. 

The fast-spreading coronavirus has so far claimed over 5.4 million lives and infected over 279 million people throughout the world, according to Worldometer.

More than 250 million people have recovered from the disease, which has affected 223 countries and territories across the planet.

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