Single-day infection rate at 10.40%
Bangladesh tallied another 88 deaths from Covid-19 and 3,436 new cases of the deadly disease in the 24 hours between 8am Wednesday and 8am Thursday.
During the same period, 5,901 more Covid-19 patients recovered across the country, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
The latest data took the country’s death toll to 26,362, the total caseload to 1,507,116, and the total number of recoveries to 1,437,885.
As many as 33,025 samples were tested at 791 labs across the country during the 24-hour period, yielding an infection rate of 10.40%.
The latest figures also put the recovery rate at 95.41% and the mortality rate at 1.75%.
The seven-day moving average of single-day deaths in Bangladesh dropped further to 90.43% on Thursday.
Dhaka counted 30 deaths, the highest among the eight divisions, followed by Chittagong with 27 fatalities.
Ten deaths were reported in Sylhet, seven in Khulna, five in Rajshahi, and three each in Barisal, Mymensingh and Rangpur.
Eighty-six of the deceased passed away at different hospitals across the country, while two died at home.
Of the new patients, Dhaka logged 2,048 cases, the highest among the divisions, followed by Chittagong with 561.
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The infection rate against all the samples tested -- 8,991,664 -- in the country to date stands at 16.76%.
Around 18.67 million people in the country have so far received their first Covid-19 jabs. Some 8.2 million received both doses as of Wednesday.
The countrywide Covid-19 restrictions imposed after Eid-ul-Azha were eased soon afterwards from August 11, much to the dismay of public health experts.
They fear the recent downward trend in Covid-19 infections and deaths is only temporary and another wave of the pandemic may be just around the corner.
Health professionals dread that while the infection rate may drop to as low as 10% by mid-September, it will start spiking again after that.
Bangladesh reported its first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus later named Sars-CoV-2, on March 8 last year. The first death was recorded 10 days later.
Until Thursday afternoon, Covid-19 claimed over 4.54 million lives after infecting more than 219.44 million people throughout the world, according to worldometer.
At the same time, more than 196.27 million people recovered from the disease.
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