The numbers of daily coronavirus infection cases and deaths have declined as 1,497 new infection cases and 17 deaths have been recorded in the country in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning.
Bangladesh on Wednesday recorded lowest number of deaths in 68-days as the country saw the fatality of 17 Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours. On March 18, sixteen people had died from the coronavirus infection in a day and the daily death toll kept increasing since then until yesterday.Earlier on Tuesday, 1,675 infection cases and 40 deaths were recorded in the country in 24 hours.
According to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the total number of deaths from the deadly pathogen has reached 12,458 with 17 new deaths. The total death rate has stood at 1.57 percent. Some 1,497 infection cases were reported in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning, raising the total number to 7,93,693. The daily infection rate has declined to 9.11 percent in the last 24 hours.
Some 1056 more patients have recovered from the fatal disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recovery to 7,33,866 in the country till the day. The recovery rate has stood 92.46 percent.
The DGHS said 13.52 percent of the samples have been diagnosed with coronavirus till the date while 9.11 percent samples have been diagnosed with the fatal disease in a day.
A total of 16,434 samples, out of 16,342 collected, were tested at 486 labs in the country during the period, the report added. A total of 58,71,353 samples have been tested so far to detect coronavirus infection across the country.
The first case of Covid-19 was detected on March 8 last year while the first death was recorded on March 18 the same year in the country.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 30 further.
Addressing health bulletin of the DGHS, its spokesperson Dr Nazmul Islam on Wednesday said reviewing situation of last seven days of the country’s coronavirus situation, it has been seen that the coronavirus infection rate was declined to below 5 percent on May 22 but it further has risen to over 10 percent on May 25.
“Now the pressure of coronavirus infected patients is low in hospitals but it may increase again if people do not maintain health guidelines,” he said.
About the Covid-19 vaccine, Nazmul Islam said the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is now about to finish. “Those who will not get the second dose of the vaccine, they have to wait as the vaccine may be given 12-16 weeks later after the first dose.”
He said first dose of the vaccination with Sinopharm vaccine has been started on Tuesday through inoculating medical college students. “We hope the inoculation of first dose of Sinopharm vaccine will be run in full swing from June-July.”
The DGHS chief said if the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine arrives in the country then the first dose with Sinopharm vaccine and second dose with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will continue simultaneously.