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Bangladesh records highest 7-day moving average of Covid-19 deaths since Jan 13

  • Published at 09:28 am March 21st, 2021
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A health workers takes a nasal swab from a woman in Bangladesh for Covid-19 testing Reuters

Total cases stand at 570,878; Death toll – 8,690

Bangladesh on Sunday recorded the highest seven-day moving average of Covid-19 deaths since January 13 this year. 

The seven-day moving average of Covid-19 deaths stood at 20.71 on Sunday, as compared to 20.86 on January 13. The highest seven-day moving average of deaths during the pandemic in the country was 44.86 on July 5 last year.

Alarmingly, the seven-day moving average of deaths was less than 10 on March 11 this year and doubled over the next 10 days. The Covid-19 infection rate in the country has increased by 90% in the past week.

The government has ramped up Covid-19 testing efforts considering the increasing number of cases. The country conducted its highest number of tests on a single day (24,275) on March 17, and more than 20,000 samples were tested on a single day for the first time on March 16.

On March 18, the country recorded more than 2,000 positive cases (2,187) for the first time in three months.


As many as 144,568 samples were tested at 219 labs across the country in the past week, with 13,483 positive results.

The country recorded 2,172 Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, a giant leap from 1,868 cases on Saturday, and 1,159 last Sunday. In addition, 22 deaths were recorded on Sunday, taking the death toll of the country to 8,690.

The total number of cases in the country currently stands at 570,878. 

Of the 22 deaths across the hospitals in the country, 19 were male and three were female.

Thirteen of the deceased were above the age of 60. Six were in the age range of 51-60, two were between 41 to 50, and one of the deceased was aged between 31 and 40.

Most of the deceased (17) were from Dhaka, two each from Chittagong and Rajshahi, and one from Barisal.

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Between Saturday and Sunday, 21,108 Covid-19 tests were conducted at the 219 centres across the country. The rise in testing is also yielding a higher number of cases, according to current trends.

Moreover, 1,687 Covid-19 patients were discharged after recovery over the last 24 hours. Thus far, 522,405 (91.51%) patients have completely recovered from Covid-19.

The daily infection rate in the country is rising, which was at 10.29% on Sunday. However, the total infection rate, from the beginning of the pandemic till now, remains at 12.95%. The mortality rate decreased by a decimal point to 1.52%.

At least 6,187,288 registered for the vaccine till Sunday. While, 4,760,747 got vaccinated across the country till Saturday.

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On March 8, the health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain which was later 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 has claimed more than 2,723,390 lives and infected as many as 123,527,024 people across the world till Monday afternoon, according to worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.

As many as 99,509,908 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has affected 219 countries and territories across the planet.

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