Corona fatalities drop to six-week low

37 die in 24 hours

Staff Correspondent

8 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh is witnessing a gradual fall in both infections and deaths from coronavirus over the last few weeks.

In the last 24 hours till Friday morning, the country registered 37 deaths from the virus, lowest daily tally in almost six weeks.

With this, the total fatalities have reached 11,833 in the country. The case fatality rate has risen to 1.54 percent.

On March 28, 35 deaths linked to the virus were reported in the country.

During the last 24 hours, 1,682 new coronavirus infections were recorded, pushing the caseload to 770,842.

Meanwhile, the daily positivity rate rose to 9.89 per cent from Thursday’s 8.44 per cent while the overall infection rate is 13.77 per cent, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

On Thursday, Bangladesh logged 41 deaths and 1,822 infections from coronavirus.

Some 2,178 more patients recovered from the fatal disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries to 704,341. The recovery rate has stood at 91.37 per cent.

A total of 17,013 samples, out of 17,329 collected, were tested at 443 labs during the period. With this, 5,599,276 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.