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Covid-19: Weekly death toll spiralling in Bangladesh

  • Published at 09:32 am December 2nd, 2020
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File photo of a Covid-19 victim given a burial in Dhaka Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

A total of 469,423 cases reported while the death toll reached 6,713 till now

Bangladesh has been witnessing an upward trend in weekly death toll with 38 more people succumbing to infections from Covid-19 in the 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

The latest death tally pushed up the curve to 6,713 in the country, since recording first coronavirus fatality on March 18.

In the last seven days, the country logged 226 deaths, up from the 212 casualties in the previous week ending November 25. Between November 12 and 18, there were 148 casualties. 

Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases in Bangladesh now stands at 469,423 coronavirus cases as another 2,198 people tested positive in the past 24-hour span period.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) revealed the latest figures on Covid-19 in the country with a press release on Wednesday.

Of the 38 deceased – 25 men and 13 women – 30 were from Dhaka division, four from Chittagong, two from Rangpur, one from Rajshahi, and one from Khulna.

Of the victims, 37 died at different hospitals and one at home.

So far, 5,141 men (76.58%) and 1,572 women (23.42%) have died from Covid-19 across the country. 

Since the beginning, 3,612 have died in Dhaka division, 1,266 in Chittagong, 408 in Rajshahi, 499 in Khulna, 219 in Barishal, 266 in Sylhet, 303 in Rangpur, and 134 in Mymensingh.

The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.43%.

The health authorities said 2,562 people recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.

So far, 385,786 patients – 82.18% – have made full recovery across the country.

As many as 15,972 samples, including the pending ones, were tested in the 118 authorized labs -- government and private -- across the country.

The latest figures show an infection rate of 13.76%. The overall infection rate of the country stands at 16.74%.

Currently, 12,901 people are in isolation and 41,039 are quarantined.

Global situation

In a new grim milestone, the number of Covid-19 cases across the globe has crossed 63.7 million with 1,479,442 deaths on Wednesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

The total caseload globally mounted to 63,788,113, said the data compiled by the JHU.

Meanwhile, Britain on Wednesday approved a Covid-19 vaccine after its regulator cleared a shot developed by Pfizer for emergency use in record time. 

The US is also set to approve Covid-19 vaccine as Pfizer and Moderna Inc earlier applied for emergency authorization of the vaccine.

The US, which remained the worst-hit country in the world, reported 13,714,024 cases while the death toll from the virus reached 270,532 as of Wednesday morning.

Brazil registered 50,909 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the national count to 6,386,787, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 697 more Covid-19 deaths were recorded, taking the nationwide tally to 173,817, it said.

The UK logged a total of 1,647,230 Covid-19 cases with 12,428 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The country also reported 203 new deaths from the virus, taking the total fatalities to 59,148.

In India, the death toll mounted to 137,621 with 482 reported on Tuesday while the country’s confirmed Covid-19 cases reached 9,462,809.

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