Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

23 More Die of Corona

Positivity rate falls to 3.24pc

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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The daily coronavirus infection rate has dropped to below 4 percent in the country in the last 24 hours which was lowest in the last 7 months while the number of deaths has risen slightly than the previous day.

According to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the country has reported 23 more deaths and 860 infections from coronavirus in the last 24 hours till 8:00am on Thursday.

Some 17 corona deaths and 1,178 infection cases were reported on Wednesday while 31 deaths and 1,310 cases were reported on Tuesday, 25 corona deaths and 1,212 cases on Monday, 21 deaths and 980 cases on Sunday, 25 deaths and 818 cases on Saturday, 31 deaths and 1,233 cases on Friday.

For the 10th consecutive day, the country reported daily positivity rate below 5 percent as 3.24 percent infection rate was reported on Thursday, 4.12 percent on Wednesday, 4.49 percent on Tuesday, 4.36 percent on Monday, 4.41 percent on Sunday, 4.59 percent on Saturday and 4.54 percent on Friday.

The current positivity rate dropped to below 5 percent indicated the country’s improvement in handling coronavirus situation. According to health experts, the Covid-19 situation is considered under control if the positivity rate remains below 5 percent for two consecutive weeks.

The 3.24 percent infection which was reported on Thursday was the lowest in 7 months in the country as earlier, 2.78 percent infection rate was reported on February 28 this year.

Earlier on March 11, the health directorate recorded a 5.82 percent positivity rate in the country. On June 7, the health officials reported 11.47 percent positivity rate followed by an alarming rise in infections which reached its peak at 32.55 percent on July 24 this year.

The DGHS data said the daily infection rate started declining from the beginning of the current month.

In the first three days of September this year, the infection rate was a little bit over 10 percent but the infection rate declined to below 10 percent from September 4 and below 5 percent infection rate was reported on September 21.

Last year, the infection rate had started declining from the first week of September and the daily infection rate was 15 percent during the time. Later, the infection rate had declined to 12 percent in next weeks. The infection rate was near 12 percent in October last year.

During the second wave of the coronavirus infection, the highest number of deaths (264) was recorded in the country on August 5 and August 10 while the highest number of cases (16,230) cases was reported on July 28.

The number of total infections has risen to 15,55,911 with the overall positivity rate 15.99 percent.

The number of death in a day remains below 50 for the last 14 days in a row with the declining of infection and casualty simultaneously in the country.

Besides, the national death toll has increased to 27,510 with a case fatality rate of 1.77 percent.

At the same time, the recovery rate continued to improve in the country reaching 97.43 percent with the recuperation of a good number of Covid-19 patients every day.

Some 979 more Covid-19 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours till Thursday morning, raising the total number of recoveries to 15,15,941.

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 23 fresh deaths, six were reported in Dhaka division while seven in Chattogram, no death was reported in Rajshahi, zero in Khulna, one death in Barishal division and one in Rangpur divisions while four in Mymensigh and four in Sylhet divisions in the last 24 hours.

Of the 860 new cases, 558 were logged in Dhaka division while 33 in Mymensingh, 128 in Chattogram, 44 in Rajshahi, 19 in Rangpur, 44 in Khulna, six in Barishal and 28 in Sylhet division.

A total of 26,569 samples, out of 26,744 collected, were tested at 821 labs in the country during the period. With this, 96,04,722 samples have so far been tested across the country.

The country's maiden coronavirus case was reported on March 8 last year while the first death from the virus was reported on March 18 the same year.