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DGHS urges caution to maintain downward trend in Covid-19

  • Published at 06:55 pm September 19th, 2021
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Test positivity rate below 7% for past five days

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has urged the public to remain cautious in order to maintain the downward trend in Covid-19 infections in the country, seen since the end of July.

The test positivity rate dropped from 32.55% on July 24 to 5.62% on Sunday. 

During a regular media bulletin on Sunday, DGHS  spokesperson Dr Nazmul Islam said the test positivity rate had consistently stayed below 7% for much of the past week, which was a cause for significant optimism.

“The test positivity rate was above 7% for just the first two days of the past week, and it was just above 6% for the other five days,” he said, adding that the number of deaths was also decreasing.

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However, the DGHS spokesperson urged the public to remain cautious, wear masks, and maintain social distancing so that the country did not have to go into another lockdown.

He said that the country recorded its highest number of covid cases in June this year, with 336,226 cases detected in the month. 

Over 41.78 million people in the country have registered for vaccination with their NIDs and over 500,000 with their passports, while over 22 million people had received at least a single dose of an authorized vaccine till Saturday evening, he added. 

Bangladesh tallied another 43 deaths from coronavirus and 1,383 new infections in the 24 hours till 8am on Sunday. Besides, 2,887 more patients recovered from the disease.

The latest additions took the country’s death toll to 27,225, the total caseload to 1,542,683 and the total number of recoveries to 1,501,541.