Bangladesh records 16 fresh deaths, 584 new cases between January 20 and 21
The daily test-positivity rate for Covid-19 in Bangladesh has dropped further, sinking below 4% in the last 24 hours till Thursday morning.
The latest figures showed an infection rate of 3.96% in the last 24 hours, according to the daily Covid-19 briefing issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Thursday afternoon.
This is the lowest daily test-positivity rate recorded in Bangladesh since April 5, when the daily infection rate was recorded at 4.90%. On April 4, the rate was 2.07%.
The country recorded 16 fresh deaths from Covid-19, bringing the overall death toll up to 7,966.
A total of 584 people tested positive for the infectious disease during the 24-hour time frame, taking the total number of cases in Bangladesh to 530,271.
The overall test-positivity rate now stands at 15.08%.
Of the 16 deceased — 11 men and five women — 13 were from Dhaka division and one each from Chittagong, Khulna and Rajshahi.
Fifteen of them died at different hospitals across the country, while one died at home.
So far, 6,037 men (75.78%) and 1,929 women (24.22%) have died of Covid-19 in the country.
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The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.50%.
The DGHS said 602 people recovered from Covid-19 over the preceding 24 hours.
Up until now, 475,074 patients — 89.59% — have recovered from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
As many as 14,761 samples, including some pending ones, were tested at the 200 authorized labs — government and private — across the country in the 24-hour period .
On March 8, 2020, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus strain named Sars-CoV-2.
The novel coronavirus disease 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 2,085,526 lives and infected 97,388,936 people across the world till Thursday evening, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
As many as 69,949,665 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has affected 221 countries and territories across the planet.