Alarming surge in corona deaths, cases

60 more die, 3,956 infected

Staff Correspondent

17 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh has seen an alarming rise in both deaths and infections from coronavirus over the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning as the virus situation is getting worse day by day.

During the period, the country reported 60 deaths linked to the virus, up by 10 than Tuesday’s 50, and 3,956 infections, a rise by 637 to Tuesday’s 3,319.

The daily positivity rate has also jumped to 16.62 per cent from 14.27 per cent a day earlier.

The daily death tally is highest since May 4 while the cases saw the biggest single-day jump since Apr 22.

Of the new deaths, 17 were reported in Rajshahi division while 14 in Khulna, eight in Dhaka and Chattogram each, six in Sylhet, four in Rangpur and three in Mymensingh division.

With this, the national death toll has reached 13,282 with a case fatality rate of 1.59 per cent while the caseload shot to 837,247, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Some 2,679 more patients have recovered from the fatal disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries to 773,752 with a recovery rate of 92.42 per cent.

A total of 23,807 samples, out of 23,967 collected, were tested at 513 labs in the country during the period. With this, 6,242,786 samples have so far been tested across the country.

The overall surge has been driven by a spike in both deaths and infections from the virus in bordering northern and southern regions.

The bordering districts continued to report rise in the number of new deaths and cases from the virus amid the presence of the Delta variant in the country.

Addressing a press conference at his ministry on Wednesday, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said the coronavirus situation has worsened particularly in the country’s northern and southern regions. The Covid-19 cases have risen in different districts, including Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Naogaon, Khulna, Kushtia, Satkhira and Noakhali, he said, adding that the daily positivity rate has shot to even 50 per cent in some areas.

Underscoring the need for remaining alert to the virus, the health minister urged all to maintain health guidelines properly to stem the surge.