Covid-19: Bangladesh breaks record with 247 deaths, 15,192 cases
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Bangladesh witnessed record-breaking daily Covid-19 fatalities and infections with 247 deaths and 15,192 new cases during the last 24 hours until Monday morning amid the nationwide 14-day lockdown enters fourth day.
The new numbers took the country’s death tally to 19,521 while the caseload to 11,79,827 in the country, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in the press statement on Monday afternoon.
With Covid’s Delta variant spreading fast, the country’s fatalities has been hovering at nearly 200 for the last two weeks.
It reported the highest daily coronavirus fatality number – 231 – on July 19 and 13,768 infections on the 12th of the month.
Meanwhile, the daily positivity rate decreased to 29.82 percent from Sunday 30. 04 percent and Saturday’s 32.55 percent.
The fresh cases were detected after testing 50,952 samples at 639 government authorised laboratories in the country during same the period.
However, the fatality rate remained static at 1.65 percent for the at least three days.
A total of 11,052 patients were declared free from the infection, taking the total number of recovery to 10, 09,975 with 84.69 percent recovery rate.
Just like the last few days, Dhaka reported the highest deaths as 72 more people died with the fatal disease during this time, followed by 61 deaths in Chattogram, 46 in Khulna, 21in Rajshahi, 16 in Rangpur, 14 in Sylhet, 12 Barishal and five in Mymensingh divisions.
Of the deceased, 141 were male while 106 were female and all the victims were aged between 11 and 100 years.
Of them, 165 died at public hospitals, 55 at private hospitals and 26 at houses and one was brought dead to a hospital in the same period.
Meanwhile, Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics, has recorded 41, 78, 307 deaths so far caused by the virus and 19, 49,69, 558 cases worldwide.
Since the outbreak of the virus in China in 2019, the health authority in Bangladesh confirmed the first case on March 8, 2020 and recorded the first death on March 18 in the same year.
The government has so far approved the emergency use of Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sinopharm (China), Sputnik-V (Russia), Pfizer-BioNTech (USA/Germany), Crona Vac (China) and Janssen single-dose vaccines.
Amid the deteriorating coronavirus situation, the government resumed the countrywide mass registration on July 8 for receiving Covid-19 jabs, which remained suspended for around three months as vaccine procurement became unsure.
Bangladesh is currently administering the doses of Sinopharm vaccine and Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and also the second dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
Earlier in the day, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque claimed that Bangladesh will get 21 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine by early 2022 and these vaccines will meet the needs of 14 crore people that means 80 percent of total population in the country.
Nationwide strict lockdown enters fourth day
The 14-day of nationwide lockdown entered the fourth day on Monday which was reimposed on July 23 to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
The government has relaxed the lockdown restrictions for eight days from July 15 on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims, celebrated on July 21.
During the period, all people have been asked to wear mask and maintain health guidelines.
The lockdown restrictions will be lifted on August 5 as per the order.