Yet another record rise in daily corona deaths

Staff Correspondent

20 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Within a span of only 24 hours, Bangladesh has smashed the record for most deaths from coronavirus in a single day.

Over the last 24 hours till Monday morning, the country reported record 112 virus casualties to bring the national death toll to 10,497.

Previous highest 102 fatalities were registered on Sunday.

With this, over 100 deaths from coronavirus have been recorded for the 4th consecutive day.

On Saturday and Friday, the country reported 101 virus-related deaths.

Of the new deceased, 75 were men and 37 women. Of the total, 10 were aged between 31-40 years

while 12 between 41-50, 26 between 51-60 and 64 were aged above 60 years.

Among the victims, 108 died at different hospitals across the country and three died at their respective houses. Besides, one Covid-19 patient died on the way to hospital.

Of them, 71 hailed from Dhaka, 19 from Chattogram, 10 from Khulna, five from Rajshahi, three from Sylhet, two from Rangpur and one each from Barishal and Mymensingh divisions.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 4,271 new coronavirus infections were registered in the last 24 hours, raising the total number to 723,221.

The daily positivity rate has declined to 17.68 per cent which was 19.06 per cent on Sunday while the overall positivity rate has stood at 13.92 per cent.

Earlier, 3,698 cases were reported on April 18 while 3,473 on April 17, 4,417 on April 16, 4,192 on April 15, 5,185 on April 14, 6,028 on April 13, 7,201 on April 12, 5819 on April 11 and 5343 on April 10.

The case fatality rate has again risen to 1.45 per cent against Sunday’s 1.44 per cent.

Some 6,364 more patients have recuperated from the fatal disease in the last 24 hours, bringing the total recoveries to 621,300.

The recovery rate was reported at 85.91 per cent on Monday which was 85.53 per cent on Sunday.

A total of 24,152 samples were tested at 260 labs during the last 24 hours. With this, 5,194,219 samples have so far been tested across the country.

First three coronavirus cases were reported on March 8 last year while the first death was recorded 10 days later.

Both deaths and infections from coronavirus started to decline from the first week of July last year and the fall continued till the first week of March this year.

However, the numbers started to rise from March 10.

According to the DGHS, hospitals across the country, including Dhaka, are overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients with the number of severe patients on the rise.

It said 734 severe patients were undergoing treatment at intensive care unit (ICU) beds across the country.