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Covid-19: Daily test positivity rate above 5.5% in 24 hours

Country’s total caseload mounts to 1,591,093

Update : 08 Jan 2022, 02:52 PM

Bangladesh recorded another 1,146 fresh Covid-19 cases with a test positivity rate of 5.67% in the last 24 hours till Friday morning.

The new cases were detected after testing 20,204 samples during the period. The daily-case positivity rose to 5.67% from 4.86% a day ago, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

As per the World Health Organisation, a test positivity of over 5% is a key concern for any country.

During the same period, the country registered single death from Covid while it was seven the previous day. 

The fresh numbers took the country’s total fatalities to 28,098 while the caseload mounted to 1,591,093.

Meanwhile, the mortality rate remained static at 1.77% during the period.

Besides, the recovery rate further declined to 97.45% with the recovery of 170 more patients during the 24-hour period.

Until Thursday, the country recorded 20 Omicron cases.

In March 2020, when the first cases were detected, the monthly test positivity rate in the country was 3.18% with 51 cases recorded. It had jumped to 21.49% with 98,330 cases detected only three months later in June. 

After the first peak in June, the test positivity rate dropped to 12.70% with 50,483 cases detected in September, and it remained around the 10% mark until June 2021.

June last year marked a second peak in the pandemic, with a test positivity rate of 17.04% and 112,718 cases detected in the month. Subsequently, the monthly test positivity rate dropped to 6.88% with 55,293 cases detected in September, and then to 1.53% with just 9,255 cases in December 2021.

In terms of deaths, Bangladesh started with a monthly death rate of 9.80% with five deaths in March 2020. But the rate dropped to 1.21% with 1197 deaths in June, and it was 1.92% with 970 deaths in September, and 1.88% with 91 deaths in December.

In 2021, the death rate was 0.98% with 638 deaths in March, 1.67% with 1884 deaths in June, 2.37% with 1315 deaths in September and 0.98% with 91 deaths in December.

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