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Covid-19: Bangladesh reports fall in death, rise in case number

Bangladesh logged six more Covid-linked deaths and another 211 cases of infections in 24 hours till Sunday morning.

The country reported eight deaths caused by the deadly virus and 166 cases on Saturday.

However, the daily-case positivity rate declined to 1.22 per cent from Saturday’s 1.25 per cent.

The fresh cases were detected after testing 17,226 samples, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With the fresh numbers, the Covid-19 fatalities reached 27,868 while the caseload climbed to 1,569,539, according to the DGHS.

Among the deceased, two were men and four were women.

However, the mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.78 per cent.

Also, the recovery rate increased to 97.70 per cent with the recovery of 276 more patients during the period.

Mass vaccination

Bangladesh on Thursday launched the second phase of its special nationwide mass vaccination drive, aiming to vaccinate 80 lakh people with the second shot in a day.

The 9am-3pm vaccination drive was part of the special campaign that was first unveiled on September 27 to mark Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s 75th birthday.

On September 28, the first phase of the special nationwide mass vaccination drive was launched.

However, that target to inoculate 80 lakh people was not met in a single day. Across eight divisions, 66,25,123 people were vaccinated, “which is a record number of jabs inoculated in Bangladesh in a single day”, the DGHS said.

Besides, 80,93,236 people were vaccinated with the first dose under this campaign, which spilled over to September 29.

Bangladesh on August 7 kicked off its mass vaccination drive to inoculate some 35 lakh people in six days.

Vaccinating school students

A new campaign to vaccinate school students, aged 12-17, against Covid-19 will kick off at 12 centers in Dhaka on November 1.

Some 40,000 students will be vaccinated every day under the campaign, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque while talking to reporters after the cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Source: United News of Bangladesh