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Corona infection rate drops to 2.9pc

18 more die, 617 infected

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Corona infection rate drops to 2.9pc

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The daily coronavirus infection rate has remained below 5 percent for last 13 consecutive days in the country with its infection rate of 2.9 percent reported in the last 24 hours till Sunday.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 18 more deaths and 617 infections from coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours.

Some 24 corona deaths and 589 infection cases were reported on Saturday, 23 corona deaths and 860 cases on Friday, 17 deaths and 1178 on Wednesday, 31 deaths and 1310 cases were reported on Tuesday, 25 corona deaths and 1212 cases on Monday, 21 deaths and 980 cases on Sunday, 25 deaths and 818 cases on Saturday, 31 deaths and 1233 cases on Friday.

For the 13th consecutive day, the country reported daily positivity rate below 5 percent as 2.90 percent infection rate was reported on Sunday, 3.41 percent on Saturday, 3.43 percent on Friday, 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 has dropped to below 5 percent indicated the country’s improvement in handling coronavirus situation as 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 2.90 percent infection which was reported on Sunday 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% positivity rate followed by an alarming rise in infections which reached its peak at 32.55% 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 started declining from 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 coronavirus, 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 15,57,964 with the overall positivity rate 15.91 percent.

The number of death in a day remains below 50 for last 17 days in row with the declining of the infection and casualty simultaneously in the country.

Besides, the national death toll has increased to 27,573 with a case fatality rate of 1.77 per cent.

At the same time, the recovery rate continued to improve in the country reaching 97.48 percent with the recuperation of a good number of Covid-19 patients every day.

Some 1112 more Covid-19 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours till Sunday morning, raising the total number of recoveries to 15,18,754.

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 18 fresh deaths, 7 were reported in Dhaka division while 7 in Chattogram, two deaths were reported in Rajshahi, 2 in Khulna, zero death in Barishal division and zero in Rangpur divisions while zero in Mymensigh and zero in Sylhet divisions in the last 24 hours.

Of the 617 new cases, 401 were logged in Dhaka division while 13 in Mymensingh, 109 in Chattogram, 30 in Rajshahi, 17 in Rangpur, 29 in Khulna, 8 in Barishal and 10 in Sylhet division. A total of 21,246 samples, out of 21,160 collected, were tested at 821 labs in the country during the period. With this, 97,94,490 samples have so far been tested across the country.

The country's first cases were reported on 8 March last year and the first death from the virus was reported on 18 March.