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Covid-19 deaths drop to single-digit in Bangladesh

  • Published at 03:57 pm January 20th, 2021
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File photo: Hospital staff carry a body of coronavirus victim at Dhaka Medical College Hospital Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Daily test positivity rate below 5% for 2 consecutive days

Bangladesh on Wednesday recorded eight fresh deaths from Covid-19, bringing the overall death toll to 7,950.

Besides, the daily test positivity rate for Covid-19 remained below the 5% mark for the second consecutive day.

The latest figures showed an infection rate of 4.26% in the last 24 hours as of Wednesday morning, according to a Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) press release.

A total of 656 people tested positive for Covid-19 during the time frame, taking the total number of cases in Bangladesh to 529,687.

The overall test positivity rate now stands at 15.13%.

Of the eight deceased – all men – seven were from Dhaka Division and one from Chittagong. 

All of them died at different hospitals across the country. 

So far, 6,026 men (75.8%) and 1,924 women (24.2%) in the country have died of Covid-19.

The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.50%.

The DGHS said 617 people recovered from the infectious disease over the preceding 24 hours.

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So far, 474,472 patients — 89.58% — have recovered from Covid-19.

As many as 15,410 samples, including some pending ones, were tested at the 199 authorized labs — government and private — 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, 2019, and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.

The fast spreading coronavirus has claimed 2,068,146 lives and infected 96,722,113 people across the world till Wednesday evening, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.

As many as 69,416,699 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has affected 221 countries and territories across the planet.

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