Corona deaths rise, cases fall slightly

204 more die, 8,489 infected

Staff Correspondent

18 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The number of deaths from coronavirus has increased again and infection cases have declined slightly in the last 24 hours till Saturday morning.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said 204 people have died of Covid-19 and 8,489 infection cases have been detected during the period.

Earlier, 187 people died from corona and 12,148 cases tested positive for the viral disease in the last 24 hours till Friday morning.

The highest number of 230 deaths was reported on July 11 and the highest number of 13,768 infection cases was detected on July 13.

However, the country has seen more than hundred single-day deaths from the virus for the last 21 consecutive days and the daily detection of over 8,000 cases for the 14 days in a row.

A total of 3,163 people died and 180,153 were infected with the virus across the country in 17 days of July which is the highest figure compared to the same period during the pandemic. The DGHS data shows that 83,096 infection cases were detected and 1,480 patients died in epidemiological week 28 (July 11-17) while 73,059 cases were detected and 1277 patients died in epidemiological week 27 (July 4-10).

In the epidemiological week 28, 13.74 percent cases were increased and 15.90 percent deaths were increased than the previous week.

The DGHS report further said the highest corona deaths and infection cases were reported in Dhaka division in the last 24 hours.

Of the total 201 deaths, 82 were reported in Dhaka division while 32 in Chattogram, 20 in Rajshahi, 49 in Khulna, four in Mymensingh, 10 in Rangpur, two in Sylhet and five in Barishal division.

Of the 8,489 new cases, 4,480 were reported in Dhaka division, 169 in Mymensingh, 1,885 in Chattogram, 589 in Rajshahi, 330 in Rangpur, 539 in Khulna, 156 in Barishal and 341 in Sylhet division, the DGHS data said.

With the detection of new 8,489 corona cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of cases has risen to 10,92,411. The daily infection rate has risen to 29.06 per cent during the time.

A total of 17,669 corona patients have died in the country so far with the latest single-day 201 deaths. The death rate has risen to 1.62 percent.

Around 8,820 patients have got recovery from corona in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of people recovered to 9,23,163 in the country till the day. The recovery rate has risen to 84.51 percent.

The DGHS said infection rate has also risen as 15:14 percent of the samples have been diagnosed with corona till the date while 29.06 percent samples diagnosed with the virus in a day.

A total of 29,214 samples, out of 30,015 collected, were tested at 627 labs in the country during the period, the report said. A total of 72,15,581 samples have been tested so far across the country.

The first corona case was detected in the country on March 8 last year while the first death from the virus was recorded on March 18 the same year.

Locals and hospital sources said corona situation continues to worsen in several districts, including Dhaka, as a large number of patients are not undergoing corona test even though they have symptoms.