8,661 new cases reported while infection rate jumps to 28.99%
The Covid-19 crisis in Bangladesh is showing no signs of improvement after four days of hard lockdown, as the country crosses the grim milestone of 15,000 deaths, while setting a new record for the highest fatalities in 24 hours - all on the same day.
The health authorities reported 153 deaths in the 24 hours to Sunday morning, the highest since the pandemic disease broke out in Bangladesh last year. With the latest tally, the countrywide death toll now stands at 15,065, according to the latest figures by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)
The new record surpassed the previous high of 143, which was recorded on Thursday.
The newest 1,000 deaths occurred in just eight days, showing the severity of the situation right now. They country crossed the 14,000 mark on June 26.
Khulna division, the current Covid-19 hotspot, reported 51 deaths - the highest among the eight divisions, followed by Dhaka with 46 deaths.
Chittagong and Rangpur divisions logged 15 deaths each, while Rajshahi reported 12, Mymensingh nine, Barisal three, and Sylhet two deaths.
Meanwhile, another 8,661 people tested positive over the 24-hour period, raising the total caseload in the country to 944,917.
Dhaka logged 4,207 cases, the highest among the divisions, followed by Khulna with 1,304 cases and Rajshahi with 992.
As many as 29,879 samples were tested across the country, for a positivity rate of 28.99%.
The overall test positivity rate in the country now stands at 14.05%.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.59%.
Another 4,698 patients recovered from the infectious disease across the country during the same period of time, taking the total number of recovery to 833,897.
Of the 153 deceased – 96 men and 57 women – of whom 70 were aged above 60 years, 45 aged between 51 and 60, 24 aged between 41 and 50, 11 aged between 31 and 40, and three in the 21-30 age group.
The pandemic has, so far, claimed the lives of 10,676 men (70.87%) and 4,389 women (29.13%).
On Sunday, 743 people received the second dose of Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine, taking the total number of people receiving the second dose to over 4.291 million. A little over 1.528 million people who received the first jab are waiting for the second dose.
Additionally, 7,740 people received the first dose of Sinopharm vaccine on Sunday, taking the total to 78,748. The total number of people receiving the second dose of the vaccine stands at 2,237.
Meanwhile, 876 people received the first dose of Pfizer vaccine on Sunday, taking the total number of recipients to 2,742.
The Bangladesh health authorities reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain named Sars-CoV-2, on March 8, 2020.
Since November last year, five variants of the virus have been detected in Bangladesh, including the Indian variant (B.1.617.2). It was later renamed as the Delta variant.
The rest of the variants identified in the country are the UK (B.1.1.7), South Africa (B.1.351), Nigeria (B.1.525) and Brazilian (P1) variants of the coronavirus.
The coronavirus disease 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 fast spreading coronavirus has claimed more than 3,989,000 lives and infected as many as 184,344,000 people across the world till Sunday afternoon, according to Worldometer.
As many as 168,697,000 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 220 countries and territories across the planet.