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Corona deaths, cases on the decline

70 more die, 3,167 infected

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Corona deaths, cases on the decline

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Seventy more people died of coronavirus infections and 3,167 cases were detected during the last 24 hours till Friday morning.

The coronavirus infection and fatalities have been declining day by day across the country as the daily infection rate has dropped to around 10 percent.

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said 70 coronavirus infected patients died and 3,167 infection cases were detected in the last 24 hours till 8am on Friday.

Earlier, 88 deaths and 3,436 infection cases were reported on Thursday and 79 deaths and 3,062 infection cases were reported on Wednesday morning.

However, this was for the 7th day in a row that the country reported below 100 deaths, 66 days after the country last reported less than 100 deaths on June 26. Some 86 deaths were reported on Tuesday, 94 deaths were reported on Monday, 89 deaths were reported on Sunday and 80 deaths were reported on Saturday.

The DGHS said the highest of 264 deaths was recorded in the country on August 5 and August 10 while the highest of 16,230 cases were reported on July 28.

The number of total infections has risen to 15,10,283 with a daily positivity rate of 10.76 per cent while the overall infection rate has declined to 16.74 percent.

However, around 10 percent coronavirus infection rate reported for the last few days is the lowest in around three months in the country.

Earlier on June 7, the health officials reported 11.47% positivity rate followed by an alarming rise in infections which reached its peak at 32.55% on July 24.

The daily Covid-19 positivity rate was 10.40 percent on Thursday, 10.11 percent on Wednesday, 11.95 percent on Tuesday, 12.07 percent on Monday, 14.14 percent on Sunday, 13.67 percent on Saturday, 12.78 percent on Friday, 13.77 percent on Thursday and 14.76 percent on Wednesday.

Besides, the national death toll has increased to 26,432 with a case fatality rate of 1.75 per cent.

The DGHS said the coronavirus situation is worst in the capital as the highest corona deaths and infections were registered in Dhaka division in the last 24 hours.

Of the 70 fresh deaths, 24 were reported in Dhaka division while 15 in Chattogram, four in Rajshahi, 12 in Khulna, three in Rangpur, eight in Sylhet, four in Barishal division while no death was reported in Mymensingh during the time.

Of the 3,167 new cases, 1,859 were logged in Dhaka division while 109 in Mymensingh, 458 in Chattogram, 222 in Rajshahi, 134 in Rangpur, 188 in Khulna, 86 in Barishal and 111 in Sylhet division.

Around 4,697 corona patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries to 14,42,582. The recovery rate has stood at 95.52 percent.

A total of 29,438 samples, out of 29,479 collected, were tested at 796 labs in the country during the period. With this, 90,21,102 samples have so far been tested across the country.

Meanwhile, speaking at an inaugural function of the annual conference of the Public Health Association of Bangladesh on Friday, Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said more than 90 percent of the coronavirus patients admitted to district hospitals, central hospitals or medical college hospitals in districts are from villages.

“Over 90 percent of the coronavirus infected patients are from rural areas of the country. Most of the rural people didn’t take vaccine. That is why the death rate in the disease is high in villages. Many also delayed to rush to hospitals, after being infected which is another reason behind death,” he said.

Khurshid said the patients of rural areas gathered at district hospitals, medical colleges and central hospitals as they have perception that the treatment facility in the local hospitals is not good. “But central oxygen service has been ensured even in upazila hospitals now to face the coronavirus,”