Daily test positivity jumps to 17.65% – highest in 7 months
Bangladesh on Sunday recorded the highest seven-day moving average of Covid-19 deaths since December 21 last year.
The seven-day moving average of deaths caused by the deadly virus on Sunday crossed the 30-mark (30.57) for the first in 2021. The highest seven-day moving average of Covid-19 deaths was 44.86 on July 5 last year.
Alarmingly, the seven-day moving average of deaths was less than 10 on March 11 and doubled over the next 10 days and has continued to rise.
The daily infection rate also saw a steep rise as it jumped to 17.65% – the highest figure recorded in seven months. It was on August 29, 2020, when the country lodged a higher daily infection rate – 18.23%.
Meanwhile, the country recorded another 3,908 new cases till today morning, the highest single day increase in infections for over eight months.
Another 35 deaths were logged in the last 24 hours. Saturday witnessed the highest single-day death toll (39) in the last three months.
On December 15, the country had recorded more Covid-19 casualties – 40 deaths. And on July 2 last year, the country had higher daily infections – 4,019.
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With the latest figure, the number of total fatalities now stands at 8,904, and the total number of infections at 595,714 as of Sunday morning, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a press release.
Sunday was the sixth consecutive day that the daily tally of new cases crossed the 3,500-mark.
Since July 2, 2020, the number of daily cases remained below the 3,500-mark (except July 15 – 3,533 cases), until March 23, when the number of daily infections stood at 3,554.
The overall infection rate in the country stands at 12.98%.
The month of March is seeing an upward trend of rising cases day by day. On March 14, 1,159 new Covid-19 cases were recorded, after two months of lower rate of infections.
The DGHS said 22,425 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours while a total of 22,136 samples were tested in government and private testing facilities.
To date, as many as 4,588,830 tests have been conducted in the country.
Of the 35 deceased – 21 men and 14 women – 25 were from Dhaka division, five from Barisal, and two each from Chittagong and Rajshahi, and one from Khulna divisions.
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All the victims died while undergoing treatment at different hospitals across the country.
So far, 6,716 men (75.43%) and 2,188 women (24.57%) have died from Covid-19 across the country.
Since the beginning, 5,053 people have died in Dhaka division, 1,622 in Chittagong, 494 in Rajshahi, 574 in Khulna, 272 in Barisal, 317 in Sylhet, 372 in Rangpur, and 200 in Mymensingh.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected decreased by another decimal point to 1.49%.
The health authorities said 2,019 people recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours.
So far, 535,941 patients – 89.97% – have made full recovery across the country.
On March 8 2020, 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 first fatality was recorded in the country on March 18.
The novel coronavirus broke out in China's Wuhan city in late December, 2019, and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast-spreading coronavirus has claimed 2,791,000 lives and infected as many as 127,438,000 people across the world till Sunday evening, according to worldometer.
As many as 102,696,000 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has affected 219 countries and territories across the planet.