Bangladesh recorded 41 deaths from the coronavirus over the last 24 hours till Thursday morning, lowest daily tally in five weeks, with a gradual fall in positivity rate.
With this, the national death toll has reached 11,796. The case fatality rate has risen to 1.53 per cent.Earlier on March 30, the country registered 45 virus-related deaths.
Meanwhile, 1,822 coronavirus cases were reported in the last 24 hours, raising the total number to 769,160.
The daily positivity rate fell to 8.44 per cent from Wednesday’s 8.59 per cent while the overall infection rate is 13.78 per cent.
In its weekly epidemiological update, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Bangladesh reported 16,621 new cases in the week till May 2, a 37.0 per cent fall compared to last week.
The country reported 526 new deaths during the period, registering a 21.3 per cent decrease.
However, the downtick in numbers follows a decrease in tests. The number of new tests was 153,478 (21,925 every day on average), a 12.5 per cent decrease than the week before.The pressure of Covid-19 patients at government and private hospitals across the country, including Dhaka, has also eased due to the fall in coronavirus infections.
Currently, many general and intensive care unit (ICU)) beds remain vacant at the hospitals.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque at a virtual programme on Thursday said if people maintain health guidelines properly, it will not be difficult if the 3rd wave of Covid-19 hits the country. Dr Robed Amin, spokesperson of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), in a weekly health bulletin on Wednesday said the positivity rate has been declining for the last one week but the continuation depends on maintaining health guidelines.
Some 3,698 more patients recovered from the fatal disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 702,163.
The recovery rate has stood at 91.29 per cent.
A total of 21,585 samples, out of 21,822 collected, were tested at 428 labs during the period. With this, 5,582,863 samples have so far been tested across the country.
Bangladesh reported first three coronavirus cases on March 8 last year and the first virus-related death 10 days later.
Both infections and deaths 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 rising further from March 10. Highest 7,626 cases were reported on April 7 and record 112 deaths were registered on April 19.
Following a fresh surge in both infections and deaths from the deadly pathogen, the government enforced a lockdown which has been extended until May 16.
“We have to maintain health guidelines strictly and extensively to stop the further spread of the virus,” Dr Nazrul Islam, a member of the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19, told the Daily Sun.