Bangladesh logged only one Covid-related death along with 269 fresh cases in 24 hours till Friday morning.
With the latest cases, the daily-case positivity rate increased to 1.34 per cent from Thursday’s 1.22 per cent, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
The deceased was a woman in her eighties from Chattogram division.
The total fatalities mounted to 28,017 while the caseload mounted to 15,78 819, with the fresh number of cases.
Meanwhile, the mortality rate remained static at 1.77 per cent during the period.
The fresh cases were detected after testing 20,066 samples, amid the growing concern over the new ‘Omicron’ variant of coronavirus.
Besides, the recovery rate remained unchanged at 97.78 per cent with the recovery of 249 more patients during the 24-hour period.
On Thursday, Bangladesh again logged zero Covid-related death after nearly three weeks as the pandemic is apparently showing signs of easing amid the emergence of a new variant of the virus, Omicron.
The country reported this year’s first zero Covid-related death in a single day on November 20 along with 178 infections since the pandemic broke out in Bangladesh in March 2020.
Bangladesh reported the highest number of daily fatalities of 264 on August 5 this year, while the highest daily caseload was 16,230 on July 28 this year.
So far, 4,20,43,323 people have fully been vaccinated in the country while 6,62,87,396 received the first dose as of Thursday, according to the DGHS.
Among them, 2,07,010 students, aged from 12-17, have fully been vaccinated while 11,89,540 students received the first dose so far.
However, some of the leading public health experts in Bangladesh have warned that the current trend of plummeting Covid-19 cases in Bangladesh could well be the obvious calm before a cataclysmic storm.
Their fears centre around children below 12 who remain out of the vaccine coverage and the elderly people.
These experts fear a slow pace of vaccination, waning vaccine immunity, sheer disregard for Covid-safety protocols, reopening of schools and increased travel may set the stage for another Covid wave in Bangladesh — a trend many European countries are witnessing now.
Source: United News of Bangladesh