A total of 436 people tested positive in the 24 hours, lowest since April 27
Fatalities from the coronavirus infection have surpassed the grave 8,000 mark in Bangladesh as the government prepares to start the inoculation drive in a few days.
The country recorded 22 more deaths from Covid-19 in the 24 hours to Saturday morning. With the latest figure, the number of total fatalities now stands at 8,003.
It took Bangladesh 312 days to reach the grim feat, 270 days to surpass the 7,000 body count, and 232 days to top the 6,000 mark since confirming the first Covid-19 fatality on March 18.
The country took 34 days to cross the first 100 deaths threshold; 69 days to 500; 85 days or almost three months for 1,000; 110 days to 2,000; and 133 days or around three-and-a-half months to 3,000.
The 4,000th and 5,000th deaths came in 161 and 189 days respectively.
Meanwhile, another 436 people tested positive for the virus over the same 24 hours, pushing up the tally to 531,326,
The latest single-day case count is the lowest since April 27. On April 27, it was 497. On April 26 it was 418.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) revealed the latest figures on Covid-19 in the country with a press release on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the daily test-positivity rate dropped below 4% again. The latest figures showed an infection rate of 3.92%. The daily infection rate was 3.96% on Thursday and 4.17% on Friday.
The overall infection rate of the country now stands at 15%.
Of the 22 deceased – 17 men and five women – 18 were from Dhaka division, three from Chittagong, and one from Barisal division.
All the victims died at different hospitals across the country.
So far, 6,064 men (75.77%) and 1,939 women (24.23%) have died from Covid-19 across the country.
Since the beginning, 4,452 people have died in Dhaka division, 1,466 in Chittagong, 456 in Rajshahi, 545 in Khulna, 241 in Barisal, 301 in Sylhet, 355 in Rangpur, and 187 in Mymensingh.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.51%.
The health authorities said 338 people recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.
So far, 475,899 patients – 89.57% – have made full recovery across the country.
As many as 11,115 samples, including the pending ones, were tested in the 200 authorized labs -- government and private -- across the country.
Currently, 10,762 people are in isolation and 36,846 are quarantined.
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 coronavirus pandemic has claimed 2,118,035 lives and infected 98,809,617 people across the world till Saturday afternoon, according to Worldometer.
As many as 71,016,544 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 221 countries and territories across the planet.
The US has recorded the most cases since the start of the pandemic with 25,390,042, followed by India with 10,640,544 and Brazil with 8,755,133.
Meanwhile, as many as 424,177 people died from Covid-19 so far in the US.
Brazil reported 215,299 deaths from Covid-19 while death toll in India reached 153,221.