Covid: 10,888 new cases reported in a day, infection rate at 26.37%


The health authorities have reported 10,888 new coronavirus infections, taking the overall caseload in Bangladesh to 1,653,182.

The country last logged over 10, 000 cases on August 12, last year with a positivity rate of 22.46% in 24 hours.

The positivity rate in the country further increased to 26.37% from Wednesday’s 25.11% after testing 37,573 samples, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
With four deaths reported in the 24-hour period, the total fatality stood at 28,180.

Another 577 people recovered from the virus across the country, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,554,845.

The recovery rate further declined to 94.05% while the mortality rate stood at 1.7%.
Dhaka, declared by health authorities a red zone, accounted for 7,843 of the cases and two of the deaths. Chittagong recorded 1,566 infections and two deaths.

Rajshahi logged 468 cases, Sylhet 358, Khulna 287, Mymensingh 161, Barisal 117 and Rangpur recorded 88 cases.

On Wednesday, the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19 suggested shortening the self-isolation period for people showing symptoms of the virus to 10 days from two weeks.

The panel further said that people coming in contact with a patient but not showing symptoms do not need to stay quarantined but wear masks.

The seven-day moving average of single-day deaths in Bangladesh was 8.14 on Thursday.

The latest figures are still much lower than those reported during its peak last year.Between July 7 and August 12, the country persistently recorded over 200 deaths a day, except for a few days.

The country reported the highest number of daily fatalities of 264 on August 10 last year, while the highest daily caseload was 16,230 on July 28 last year.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s total tally of Omicron cases has jumped to 62 with the detection of seven more cases till Thursday.

Bangladesh reported its first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a strain of coronavirus later named Sars-CoV-2, on March 8, 2020. The first death was reported 10 days later.

Amid the growing concern over the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the government on January 13 came out with the restrictions on the movement of people and public transport vehicles.

A large number of the population has also been vaccinated with the country crossing the landmark of administering 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines on December 1, nearly 10 months after kicking off a nationwide campaign.

The fast-spreading coronavirus has so far claimed over 5.5 million lives and infected over 339 million people throughout the world, according to Worldometer.

More than 273 million people have recovered from the disease, which has affected 223 countries and territories across the planet.

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