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Number of new Covid-19 cases drop to 3-week low

Dhaka residents and people above 60 are the most vulnerable, official data show

Update : 06 Dec 2020, 05:04 PM

After an alarming rise in all three major indices of the coronavirus pandemic — body count, daily cases and infection rate — in the past few weeks, Bangladesh on Sunday recorded 1,666 new cases, the lowest since November 17.

With these new infections, the overall tally of infection surged to 477,545, and the total death toll rose to 6,838 with 31 people succumbing to the infectious disease in 24 hours.

Disclosing the latest figures in its daily virus update, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said 11,410 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in a 24-hour time frame.

As many as 13,218 samples, including pending ones, were tested at 137 authorized labs — both government and private — across the country.

The latest figures show an infection rate of 12.60% — the lowest since November 13.

Since early November, a significant rise was noticed in the weekly death toll, fresh cases and infection rate, but they have been fluctuating for the last three days.

Dhaka residents, 60+ age group most vulnerable

Over half of the latest fatalities took place in Dhaka Division alone. 

Of the 31 deceased, including 24 men and seven women, 18 were from the Dhaka Division, three from Chittagong, two each from Rangpur, Barisal, Sylhet and Mymensingh divisions, and one each from the Rajshahi and Khulna divisions.

Of them, 30 died at different hospitals while one died at home.

Of the 31 people who died, none were under 30. Only one from the 31-40 age group succumbed to the disease. From the 41-50 and 51-60 age groups, five and four people died, respectively, with the virus killing the highest 21 people aged above 60.

So far, 5,231 men (76.50%) and 1,607 women (23.50%) have died of Covid-19 across the country. The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.43%.

To date, 2,863,169 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 16.68%.

The health authorities said 2,552 people recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.

So far, 395,690 — 82.92% of all infected — have made full recovery across the country.

The country on Saturday recorded 1,888 coronavirus cases — the lowest since November 21. Also, this was the first time since November 22 that the daily cases dropped below the 2,000 mark.

On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain which was later named Sars-CoV-2.

The novel coronavirus broke out in China's Wuhan city in late December last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.

The fast-spreading coronavirus has claimed more than 1,536,000 lives and infected over 66,954,000 people globally till yesterday afternoon, according to Worldometer.

As many as 46,337,000 people have recovered from the deadly virus which has spread to 220 countries and territories across the planet.

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