The number of both deaths and infections from coronavirus has seen a rise in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours till Sunday morning.
During the period, 2,436 cases have been detected and 47 people died from the virus in the country.The daily death toll is also highest since May 9 when 56 fresh deaths were reported in the country.
On Saturday, the country registered 1,637 infections and 39 virus-related deaths.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the national death toll from the deadly pathogen has reached 13,118 with a case fatality rate of 1.59 per cent.
The caseload has jumped to 826,922 with a 12.99 per cent positivity rate in the last 24 hours while the overall infection rate stands at 13.39 per cent.
Some 2,242 more patients have recovered from the fatal disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries to 766,266. The recovery rate stands at 92.66 per cent.
A total of 18,749 samples were tested at 512 labs in the country during the period. With this, 6,175,112 samples have so far been tested across the country.The overall surge is driven by a spike in both deaths and infections from the virus in the bordering districts.
The daily positivity rate of Covid-19 has risen to 53.67 per cent in Rajshahi over the last 24 hours till Sunday morning. The infection rate was 38.34 per cent on Saturday.
Thirteen more patients died of Covid-19 at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) during the period.
Of them, six were Covid-19 patients while the rest seven died after showing Covid-19 symptoms at the hospital, said hospital director Brigadier General Shamim Yeazdani.
With this, 125 people, including 70 Covid-19 patients, have died at the corona unit of the hospital from June 1 to June 13.
As the coronavirus situation in Rajshahi kept worsening, the district administration imposed a strict lockdown for one week from Friday.
Sequencing the genome of the virus from the samples of 24 patients infected with coronavirus in Chittagong General Hospital, it was found that 75 per cent of Covid-19 patients who came to the hospital for treatment between April and May were infected with the Beta variant of coronavirus.
Besides, 25 per cent of the patients were infected with the Alpha variant.
The study was carried out by researchers from the General Hospital and the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Chittagong under the supervision of Dhaka Child Health Research Foundation.