Corona Update

10 more die, 540 cases detected

7 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh recorded 10 more Coronavirus related deaths and 540 new cases in the last 24 hours till Saturday morning, showing a slight fall in daily infection rate.

Some 822 people have recovered from the virus infections during the period, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With the fresh cases, the number of total cases rose to 549,724 in the country, reports UNB.

The daily infection rate stood at 4.13 percent which was 4.63 percent on Friday. The overall infection rate slightly fell to 13.30 percent, which was 13.33 percent on Friday.

But the mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.54 percent        

for the past few days, the DGHS said in a handout. So far, 501, 966 patients (91.31 percent) have recovered from the Covid-19.

Authorities have so far tested 41, 32,113 samples, including 13,082 in the past 24 hours.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.

Vaccination drive in Bangladesh

Bangladesh launched its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive on February 7.

By Wednesday, 3,460,159 people received the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The second dose has to be taken between 8 and 12 weeks of the first one.

The government is providing the vaccine for free. It signed an agreement with India’s Serum Institute for 30 million doses of the vaccine.

The institute will provide five million doses every month between January and June.

The people, who are 40 or above, can register for getting vaccinated at as the on-spot registration system has been revoked.

Besides, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said that the age limit for getting the coronavirus vaccine will be revised once more vaccine doses are available in the country.