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Covid-19: Single-day deaths hit near three-month low in Bangladesh

  • Published at 05:25 pm September 8th, 2021
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File photo of People consult a doctor before swab testing at Mugda Medical College and Hospital, as the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak continues, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on June 23, 2020 Reuters

2,497 new infections reported in 24 hours

Single-day deaths from coronavirus have hit an 85-day low in Bangladesh, with the health directorate tallying 52 more fatalities on Wednesday.

The country earlier recorded 50 deaths on June 15.

Besides, another 2,497 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the 24 hours between 8am on Tuesday and 8am on Wednesday after 27,528 samples were tested.

At 9.07%, the infection rate has remained below 10% for the fifth consecutive day.

During the 24-hour period, 3,840 more patients recovered from the disease, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The latest additions took the country’s death toll to 26,736, the total caseload to 1,522,302 and the total number of recoveries to 1,464,594.

The seven-day moving average of single-day deaths in Bangladesh dropped further to 66 on Wednesday.


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Dhaka counted 20 deaths, the highest among the eight divisions, followed by Chittagong with 15 fatalities.

Nine deaths were reported in Khulna, three in Sylhet, two each in Barisal and Rangpur, and one in Rajshahi.

Forty-nine of them died at different hospitals across the country, while three died at home.

Of the new patients, Dhaka logged 1,534 cases, the highest among the divisions, followed by Chittagong with 390.

The infection rate against all tests conducted in the country to date stands at 16.64%.

Meanwhile, the latest figures have put the recovery rate at 96.21% and the mortality rate at 1.76%.

Around 19.84 million people in the country have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine; of them, some 11.75 million have taken both doses, the latest DGHS data show.

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 strain of coronavirus later named Sars-CoV-2, on March 8 last year. The first death was reported 10 days later.

The fast-spreading coronavirus has so far claimed over 4.6 million lives and infected more than 222.9 million people throughout the world, according to Worldometer.

More than 199.46 million people have recovered from the disease, which has affected 222 countries and territories across the planet.