Eighteen more people died of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours till 8:00am on Friday, raising the death toll to 8,642 in the country.
Of the deceased, 11 were men and seven were women. Of them, one was between 31-40 years old, two between 41-50, three between 51-60 and 12 were above 60 years old.Moreover, 13 of them hailed from Dhaka, three from the Chattogram and one each from Rangpur and Mymensingh divisions, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
It also said at least 1,899 new infections were recorded in the meantime taking the total number of people detected to 5,66,838.
Although, the infection rate was below 5 percent for about two months, new patient detection has been rising for the last two weeks.
DGHS statement also said 18,917 samples were
tested in 219 labs across the country in the past 24 hours while a total of 43,68,111 samples have been tested in the country so far.
At least 1618 Covid-19 patients were recovered during the same period, raising the total number of recoveries to 5,19,141 with a 91.59 percent recovery rate.The country's maiden cases were reported on March 8 last year and the first death from the virus was reported on March 18 in the same year.