5 more die, 410 new cases in 24 hours
The daily Covid-19 test positivity rate in Bangladesh has remained below 3% for the second consecutive day after going over the mark for two days.
A total of 410 new infections were reported from 15,560 samples tested in the 24 hours till Thursday morning, resulting in a daily test positivity rate of 2.63%.
The daily test positivity rate in the country has been in single digits since December 19.
With the latest infections, the number of all confirmed cases jumped to 544,954, according to the daily virus update by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), released on Thursday afternoon.
A total of 15,883 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours for testing at 214 authorized labs across the country.
The overall infection rate in the country stands at 13.61% from 4,003,236 tests that have been conducted so far.
Meanwhile, the country registered five more deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the number of total fatalities to 8,384.
Of the deceased – four men and one woman – three were from Chittagong division and two from Dhaka division.
All the victims died at hospitals.
So far, 6,343 men (75.66%) and 2,041 women (24.34%) have died from Covid-19 across the country.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected in the country stands at 1.54%.
The DGHS said 957 people have recovered from Covid-19 over the last 24 hours.
So far, 494,755 patients — 90.79% of all infected — have made full recoveries 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 named Sars-CoV-2.
The country recorded the first fatality due to the deadly virus on March 18.
The novel coronavirus broke out in China's Wuhan city in late December of 2019 and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast spreading coronavirus claimed 2,510,807 lives and infected 113,191,956 people across the world till Thursday afternoon, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
As many as 88,796,321 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has spread to 219 countries and territories across the planet.