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Covid kills 9 more in Bangladesh, infects another 237

Dhaka, Nov 25 (UNB) – Bangladesh reported nine more Covid-linked deaths along with 237 fresh cases in 24 hours till Thursday morning.

With this, the daily-case positivity rate declined to 1.25 per cent today from Wednesday’s 1.49 per cent, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

On Wednesday, the country reported three Covid-related deaths for the second consecutive day along with 312 fresh cases.

With the fresh numbers, the total fatalities rose to 27,970 while the caseload mounted to 1,575,184.

Among the latest deceased, three were men and six was a man. Six of them were from Dhaka division while one each from Chattogram, Khulna and Rangpur divisions.

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

The fresh cases were detected after testing 18,888 samples, the DGHS added.

Besides, the recovery rate stood at 97.74 per cent with the recovery of 360 more patients during the 24-hour period.

On Saturday, Bangladesh logged zero Covid-linked deaths with 178 cases.

So far, 35,690,258 people have fully been vaccinated in the country while 57,124,899 received the first dose as of Wednesday, according to the DGHS.

Third wave not ruled out

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 fear centers 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.

On January 12 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City of Hubei Province in China.

On December 31, 2019, China reported to the WHO some cases of pneumonia with unknown causes.

Bangladesh was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic along with many other countries across the globe on March 8 last year when Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) reported the first three cases.

During mid-January to the first week of March, 2021 the infection rate remained below 5 and from the last week of March 2021, the infection and death toll gradually increased suggesting the start of the second wave of Covid-19 in the country.

Source: United News of Bangladesh