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Covid death toll tops 28,000 in Bangladesh with 6 more fatalities

Update : 05 Dec 2021, 05:59 PM

The Covid-19 death toll in Bangladesh crossed the grim milestone of 28,000, with six fresh fatalities reported across the country in the last 24 hours to 8am on Sunday.

With the latest tally, the nationwide death toll now stands at 28,001, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Besides, in the 24-hour period, the country also recorded 197 more infections while seeing 226 patients recover, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The latest additions took the country’s total caseload to 1,577,443 and the total number of recoveries to 1,542,274.

A total 19,132 samples were tested at 848 labs across the country during the 24-hour period, yielding a positivity rate of 1.03%.

According to the data, the country’s overall Covid-19 mortality rate until Sunday morning stood at 1.78%, overall recovery rate at 97.77%, and the overall positivity lowered to 14.36%.

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

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

Of the new patients, Dhaka logged 167 cases, the highest among the divisions. No new cases were reported in 38 districts of the country.

Around 63.77 million people in the country have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Of them, some 37.56 million have taken both doses, according to DGHS data collected till Thursday.

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.

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 265 million people throughout the world, according to Worldometer.

More than 239 million people have recovered from the disease, which has affected 223 countries and territories across the planet.

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