Bangladesh records 17 fresh deaths, 528 new cases
The daily test-positivity rate for Covid-19 in Bangladesh has remained below the 4% mark for two consecutive days.
The latest figures showed an infection rate of 3.36% in the last 24 hours as of Wednesday morning, according to a Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) press release.
The country recorded 17 fresh deaths from Covid-19, bringing the overall death toll to 8,072.
A total of 528 people tested positive for the infectious disease during the 24-hour time frame, taking the total number of cases in Bangladesh to 533,444.
The overall test positivity rate now stands at 14.82%.
Of the 17 deceased — eight men and nine women — 13 were from Dhaka Division, two from Chittagong and one each from Barisal and Rangpur.
All 17 died at different hospitals across the country.
So far, 6,115 men (75.76%) and 1,957 women (24.24%) have died of Covid-19 in the country.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.51%.
The DGHS said 509 people recovered from Covid-19 over the preceding 24 hours.
Up till now, 477,935 patients — 89.59% — have recovered from the disease caused by coronavirus.
As many as 15,720 samples, including some pending ones, were tested at the 200 authorized labs — government and private — across the country.
On March 8, 2020, 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 in 2019 and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast spreading coronavirus has claimed 2,169,344 lives and infected 100,913,073 people across the world till Wednesday afternoon, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
As many as 72,951,857 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has affected 221 countries and territories across the planet.