Bangladesh’s daily death toll from Covid-19 has fallen to 17, the lowest figure in 195 days, as the coronavirus situation continued to improve in the country.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 17 Covid-19 patients died and 1,178 infections were reported over the last 24 hours till 8am on Wednesday. The daily death toll is lowest since March 18 last when the country recorded 16 deaths.
With this, the country registered a positivity rate below 5 percent for nine consecutive days.
The positivity rate was 4.49 percent Wednesday, 4.36 percent on Tuesday, 4.41 percent on Monday, 4.59 percent on September 25, 4.54 percent on September 24, 4.61 percent on September 23, 4.79 percent on September 22 and 4.69 percent on September 21.
Earlier, 31 virus deaths and 1310 infections were logged on Tuesday, 25 fatalities and 1,212 cases on Monday, 21 deaths and 980 infections on September 26, 25 deaths and 818 infections on September 25, 31 deaths and 1,233 cases on September 24 and 24 deaths and 1,144 cases on September 23.
After the invasion of the Delta variant of virus, the infection rate continued to swell in the country reaching the peak at 32.55 percent on July 24 last.
During the second wave of the coronavirus infections, highest 264 deaths were recorded in the country on August 5 and August 10 while record 16,230 cases were reported on July 28.
Highest corona deaths and infections in the last 24 hours were registered in Dhaka division.
Of the 17 fresh deaths, 12 were reported in Dhaka division while three in Chattogram, one death was logged in Rajshahi and Khulna division each. However, Barishal, Rangpur, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions reported no deaths in the last 24 hours.
Of the 1178 new cases, 865 were logged in Dhaka division while 40 in Mymensingh, 106 in Chattogram, 62 in Rajshahi, 14 in Rangpur, 42 in Khulna, 29 in Barishal and 20 in Sylhet division.
A total of 28,599 samples were tested at 821 labs in the country during the period. With this, 9,604,722 samples have so far been tested across the country.
Meanwhile, addressing a health bulletin of the DGHS, its spokesperson Dr Nazmul Islam on Wednesday said infections and deaths from coronavirus saw a 29 percent and 28 percent fall in the last epidemiological week than the previous week.
He said a number of beds dedicated for Covid-19 patients across the country have been lying vacant for lack of patients.