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Covid-19: Infection rate drops below 10%

  • Published at 04:11 pm October 24th, 2020
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File photo: A health official uses a nasal swab to collect sample from a man for Covid-19 testing at Central Police Hospital in Rajarbagh, Dhaka on Thursday, May 21, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The country also recorded lowest number of new cases in a day since August 2

Bangladesh has registered an infection rate of 9.95% in the last 24 hours till Saturday morning, taking the infection rate below 10%.

The country also logged more than 397,000 coronavirus cases with 1,094 people testing positive over the same period. It is the lowest single day count in terms of daily new cases since August 2 when 886 people tested positive.

With the latest figure, the number of all confirmed cases so far jumped to 397,507, according to the daily virus update released on Saturday by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). 

Bangladesh also registered 19 more deaths from Covid-19 in the 24 hours, taking the number of total fatalities to 5,780.

Of the 19 deceased, 13 were from Dhaka division, three from Chittagong division, two from Mymensingh division and one from Khulna division.

All the victims died at different hospitals in the country.

So far, 4,452 men (77.2%) and 1,328 women (22.98%) have died from Covid-19 across the country.

The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.45%.            

The DGHS said 10,556 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours.

As many as 10,998 samples, including the pending ones, were tested in the 111 authorized labs — government and private — across the country and 1,094 new patients were confirmed.

To date, 2,246,486 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 17.69% so far.  

The health authorities said 1,498 people recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.

So far, 313,563 patients — 78.88% of all infected — have made full recovery across the country.

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 1,150,167 lives and infected 42,549,383 people across the world till Saturday afternoon, according to Worldometer.

As many as 31,456,279 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 215 countries and territories across the planet.

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