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Covid-19: Daily test positivity rate remains below 3%

  • Published at 10:02 am February 19th, 2021
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

Eight deaths, 406 cases reported in 24 hours

The daily test-positivity rate for Covid-19 in Bangladesh has remained below the 3% mark for four consecutive days.

The latest figures showed an infection rate of 2.85% in the 24 hours till Friday morning, according to a Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) press release.

It is to be noted that the infection rate rose to 3.15% on Monday, after remaining below the 3% mark for 10 days at a stretch.

A total of 406 new infections were reported from 14,232 samples tested in the 24-hour time frame.

The seven-day moving average for daily new cases on Friday was 386. The number was 385 and 389 on Thursday and Wednesday, respectively.

At the same time, eight people died across the country from the infection, taking the number of total fatalities to 8,337.

The DGHS said a total of 14,438 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours for testing at 214 authorized labs across the country.

The overall infection rate in the country now stands at 13.83% from 3,922,489 tests conducted so far.

The total number of reported cases in the country stands at 542,674.

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Meanwhile, as many as 536 patients recovered from the contagious disease in the 24-hour period, taking the total number of recoveries to 490,468.

The country's recovery rate now stands at 90.38%.

Of the eight deaths reported on Friday — six men and two women — four were from Dhaka, three from Chittagong, and one from Barisal.

All of them died at different hospitals.

So far, 6,311 men (75.70%) and 2,026 women (24.30%) have died of Covid-19 across the country.

The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected stands at 1.54%.

On March 8, 2020, the health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain named Sars-CoV-2.

The novel coronavirus broke out in China's Wuhan city in late December of 2019 and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.

The fast spreading coronavirus had claimed 2,454,087 lives and infected 110,900,696 people across the world till Friday afternoon, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.

As many as 85,844,095 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has affected 221 countries and territories across the planet.

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