Covid-19: Test-positivity rate sinks below 4% again

Bangladesh records 14 deaths, 515 new cases in the last 24 hours

Keeping up with the low number of new Covid-19 cases, Bangladesh recorded a 3.58% test-positivity rate in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning.

The last time the test-positivity rate went below 4% was on Sunday when it was 3.34%. On Monday, the percentage was 4.06%.

During the last 24 hours Bangladesh has logged 14 deaths and 515 new Covid-19 cases.

With the new cases, the total number of cases surged to 532,916 according to a press release issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Tuesday.

With the 14 people who died from the disease in the same period, the overall tally went up to to 8,055. 

So far, 14.87% cases were detected from the total tests conducted, added the release.

Deceased

Among the total infections, 89.59% patients have recovered, while 1.51% died since Bangladesh detected its first three Covid-19 positive cases on March 8. 

Of the 14 victims, 12 of whom were male, all of them died in the hospital.

Of the total deceased 10 were aged above 60, two were above fifty, one was above 40 and one above 30, said the press release.

The division-wise data shows that eight deaths took place in Dhaka division, four in Chittagong, and one each in Khulna and Mymensingh

Among the total 8,055 deaths, 4,479 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,483 in Chittagong division, 460 in Rajshahi division, 547 in Khulna division, 239 in Barisal division, 301 in Sylhet division, 355 in Rangpur division, and 189 in Mymensingh division.

Recovery

The recovery count rose to 477,426 after another 447 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the period.

A total of 14,696 samples were tested at 200 authorized laboratories across the country during the time.

A total of 3,584,788 samples have so far been tested since the detection of the first Covid-19 cases in the country.

The DGHS said in order to make treatment facilities easily available for the Covid-19 patients, the government has introduced round-the-clock telemedicine services, comprising 100 physicians, in the country.

The DGHS said 23,460,371 people received healthcare services from hotline mobile numbers and health web portals as the government formed a group of medical professionals to provide emergency healthcare services.

To receive information and treatment facilities on Covid-19, the contact hotline and mobile numbers are 16263, 333, and 10655.

Global Situation

On March 8, 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 last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.

The fast spreading coronavirus has claimed 2,151,233 lives and infected 100,337,194 people across the world till Tuesday afternoon, according to Worldometer.

As many as 72,385,777 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 219 countries and territories across the planet.

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