Nearly 6,000 new cases confirmed; overall test positivity rate at 13.6%
The Covid-19 death toll and infection rate continue to climb at a staggering rate in the country, with the Delta variant threatening to push the fight against the pandemic back to square one.
Bangladesh witnessed its second deadliest day of the pandemic in the 24 hours to yesterday morning, with 108 lives lost to Covid-19. As many as 5,869 people tested positive for the disease over the same period, with a daily infection rate of 21.22%.
As many as 27,653 samples, including pending ones, were tested at 554 authorized labs across the country on the day.
The pandemic’s highest daily death toll was 112 on April 19. The last time Bangladesh recorded a higher infection rate was 69 days ago on April 17, when it stood at 21.46%.
The latest additions took the total number of deaths to 13,976 and infections to 878,904.
On the other hand, another 2,776 patients recovered from the infectious disease in the 24 hours till yesterday morning.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) revealed the latest figures on Covid-19 in the country through a press release yesterday afternoon.
To date, 6,463,119 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall test positivity rate of 13.6%.
Khulna reported 27 new deaths, the most among the eight divisions yesterday. Dhaka saw 25 deaths, Chittagong 23, Rajshahi 16, Rangpur 10, Mymensingh 4 and Sylhet 3. No new deaths were reported in Barisal division.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.59%.
So far, 9,995 men (71.52%) and 3,981 women (28.48%) have died from the coronavirus in Bangladesh.
Districts under lockdown but no sign of progress
Khulna division recorded 1,322 Covid-19 cases yesterday, the highest on a single day in any division since the pandemic arrived in the country last year, according to Divisional Director of Health Dr Rasheda Sultana as quoted by our Khulna correspondent.
The new infections and 27 new deaths took the division's total caseload to 49,949 and death toll to 1,114.
Dhaka Tribune’s Rajshahi correspondent reported that 14 more patients died at the Covid-19 unit of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) in the 24 hours to yesterday morning.
Among them, five had tested positive for the disease, while the rest had only exhibited symptoms, RMCH Director Brig Gen Shamim Yazdani confirmed.
Two of the patients died while undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Six were from Rajshahi district, four from Chapainawabganj, three from Naogaon and one from Natore.
Four of them were aged above 61 years, five between 50 and 60, four between 41 and 50, and one between 31 and 40 years.
With the latest count, the Covid death toll at the RMCH in the last 25 days stands at 274, of which 127 patients were from Rajshahi and 97 from Chapainawabganj.
Dhaka Tribune’s Jhenaidah correspondent reported that the number of Covid-19 patients and deaths in the border district was increasing every day.
In the 24 hours to yesterday morning, 179 people in the district tested positive. The infection rate stood at 61%.
A 75-year-old man succumbed to coronavirus at a hospital in Pirganj and a 45-year-old woman died at a medical facility in Ranishankail, according to officials quoted by UNB.
Four people died of Covid-19 in Gopalganj district.
Since the beginning, 7,472 people have died in Dhaka division, 2,650 in Chittagong, 952 in Rajshahi, 1,114 in Khulna, 413 in Barisal, 514 in Sylhet, 565 in Rangpur, and 296 in Mymensingh.
Mortality rate 2.03% in Rangpur
Nine deaths were reported from Panchagarh, Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon and Dinajpur districts, raising the number of fatalities to 483 in Rangpur division. The mortality rate has remained above the 2% mark in the division in recent weeks.
“Some 101 patients died from May 24 to June 24, the highest number in a month since the outbreak of the pandemic,” Focal Person for Covid-19 and Assistant Director (Health) for Rangpur division Dr ZA Siddiqui said.
In the 24 hours to yesterday morning, 2,607 people received their second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
This took the total number of people that received their second dose to 4,281,776. Some 5,820,015 people have received their first doses of the vaccine, so far.
Meanwhile, as many as 4,720 people received their first dose of Sinopharm vaccine in the 24 hours till yesterday morning, taking the total number of people who have received the vaccine to 32,688.
A further 126 people received their second doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, taking the total number of people who have received both doses to 368.
A total 240 people have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in the country.