230 deaths and 11,874 new infections reported in a day
Bangladesh has again recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll as well as highest number of single-day cases with health authorities fearing the situation to deteriorate further in the coming weeks.
The health authorities reported 230 new deaths and 11,874 cases in 24 hours to 8am on Sunday.
The country recorded the highest number of fatalities only after two days. On Friday, it was 212 deaths.
Additionally, the number of single-day infection surpassed the previous high of 11,651 cases on Thursday.
With the latest development, the total number of deaths reached 15,419 while the number of total infections rose to 1,021,189 in the country, according to the latest figures by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
As the country continues to reach new high of Covid deaths and cases in the past few weeks, DGHS spokesperson Robed Amin issued a warning saying the situation will take a turn for the worse in the next one week if the virus transmission cannot be brought under control.
“The existing variant is not causing death among the elderly only but among the young people as well,” he said in DGHS’s weekly bulletin on Sunday.
Meanwhile, as many as 40,015 samples were tested across the country, for a positivity rate of 29.67%.
In terms of cases per division, Dhaka logged the highest with 4,961 cases followed by Khulna with 1,991 cases, Chittagong with 1,953, and Rajshahi with 1,153.
On the other hand, Khulna division reported 66 deaths, the highest among the eight divisions, followed by Dhaka with 56 deaths.
Chittagong division counted 39 deaths while Rajshahi 26, Rangpur 22, Barisal and Sylhet eight each, and Mymensingh five.
Of the 230 deceased – 133 men and 97 women – 111 were aged above 60 years, 51 aged between 51 and 60, 42 aged between 41 and 50, 19 aged between 31 and 40, and seven in the 21-30 age group.
The pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 11,508 men (70.09%) and 4,911 women (29.91%).
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.61%.
The overall test positivity rate stands at 14.65%.
Meanwhile, another 6,362 patients recovered from the infectious disease across the country, taking the total number of recovery to 874,501.
On Sunday, 356 people received a second dose of Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine, taking the total to nearly 4.295 million. Meanwhile, a little over 1.525 million people received the first dose of the vaccine and are awaiting the second dose.
Additionally, 38,837 people received the first dose of Sinopharm vaccine during the same period, taking the total to 162,513 till now, while 2,237 people received the second dose till Sunday.
Meanwhile, 5,925 people were administered with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, taking the total to 15,698.
The health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a strain of coronavirus 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) being the latest. 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 4.045 million lives and infected more than 187.39 million people across the world till Sunday afternoon, according to Worldometer.
As many as 171.35 million people have recovered from Covid-19, which has spread to 220 countries and territories across the planet.