12 more die, 525 new cases in 24 hours
The daily test-positivity rate for Covid-19 in Bangladesh has remained below the 4% mark for the last eight days.
The latest figures showed an infection rate of 3.55% in the 24 hours to Tuesday morning, according to a Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) press release.
On January 25, the daily test positivity rate inched above 4% and stood at 4.06%.
The country is now showing a trend of single-digit percentage in test positivity rate for over six weeks as the health authorities reported a 10.30% infection rate on December 19 last year.
Bangladesh recorded 12 fresh deaths from Covid-19, bringing the overall death toll to 8,149.
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A total of 525 people tested positive for the infectious disease during the 24-hour time frame, taking the total number of cases in Bangladesh to 536,107.
The overall test positivity rate now stands at 14.57%.
Of the 12 deceased — 11 men and one woman — six were from Dhaka division, two from Rajshahi division, and one each from Chittagong, Mymensingh, Sylhet, and Barisal divisions.
All 12 died at different hospitals across the country.
So far, 6,177 men (75.80%) and 1,970 women (24.20%) have died of Covid-19 in the country.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.52%.
The DGHS said 512 people recovered from Covid-19 over the preceding 24 hours.
Up till now, 480,728 patients — 89.65% — have recovered from the disease caused by coronavirus.
As many as 14,452 samples, including some pending ones, were tested at the 206 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 more than 2,249,000 lives and infected 104,008,000 people across the world till Tuesday evening, according to worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
As many as 75,853,000 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has affected 219 countries and territories across the planet.