Corona positivity rate drops below 7pc

144 die, 3,902 cases detected in 5 days

Staff Correspondent

17 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh is witnessing a steady fall in both deaths and infections from the coronavirus with the positivity rate hovering below 7 per cent for the last two days.

Over the past 24 hours till Sunday morning, 363 cases and 25 virus-related deaths were recorded in the country, taking the tallies to 780,159 and 12,149 respectively. The fall in the number of cases follows a decrease in tests.

The daily infection rate was reported at 6.69 per cent in the last 24 hours while the overall positivity rate has stood at 13.67 per cent. The case fatality rate rose to 1.56 per cent.

On Saturday, the country also saw a 6.95 per cent positivity rate.

With this, 3,902 infections were registered and 144 Covid-19 patients died across the country in the last five days till Sunday, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Some 601 more patients recovered from the fatal disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries to 722,036. The recovery rate has reached 92.55 per cent.

A total of 5,508 samples were tested at 459 labs in the country during the period. With this, 5,707,036 samples have so far been tested across the country.

Bangladesh reported its 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 23.