Infections on rise again

Staff Correspondent

3 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

After a lull for several weeks, Bangladesh has started witnessing a rise in the number of daily coronavirus infections again.

Over the last 24 hours till Wednesday, 1,988 new cases have been registered, up by 223 than Tuesday’s 1,765, taking the total tally to 804,293.

With this, the country has seen a jump in the daily coronavirus cases for the last four days.

Meanwhile, deaths linked to the virus have witnessed a fall in the last 24 hours with 34 registered against Tuesday’s 41, raising the national death toll to 12,694. The daily positivity rate has been reported at 9.81 per cent while the overall infection rate stands at 13.44 per cent. The case fatality rate is 1.58 per cent, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Some 1,914 more patients have recovered from the fatal disease in the last 24 hours, pushing the total number of recoveries to 744,065 with a recovery rate of 92.51 per cent.

A total of 20,259 samples were tested at 509 labs in the country during the period. With this, 5,986,022 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 June 6.