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Covid-19 in Bangladesh: 69 more die, 6,028 infected

The number of Covid-19 deaths in Bangladesh fell slightly in 24 hours till Tuesday morning, after registering a record breaking single-day death count for the past two days.

The country saw 83 Covid-related deaths on Monday and 78 on Sunday.

Now the fatalities from Covid-19 rose to 9,891 with the new deaths but the mortality rate remained static at 1.42 percent for the fourth consecutive day, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a handout.

The deadly virus claimed 568 lives in January this year, 281 in February and 638 in March. On March 18 last year, Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus death, sparking alarm across the country.

During the 24-hour reporting period, 6,028 new cases were recorded in Bangladesh, pushing up the caseload to 697,985.

The infection rate, however, slipped to 18.29 percent from Monday’s 20.59 percent.

As of now, 5,070,788 samples, including 32,955 in the last 24 hours, have been tested.

Bangladesh has been seeing a record number of infections with daily case count surpassing 7,000-mark earlier this month before falling significantly on April 10 and April 11.

Covid-19 in Bangladesh: 69 more die, 6,028 infected

Meanwhile, 585,966 patients have recovered, including 4,853 during the last 24 hours, the DGHS said.

Of the deceased, 41 died in Dhaka division, 13 in Chattogram, three each in Rajshahi, Khulna, Rangpur and Barishal, two in Sylhet and one in Mymensingh divisions.

Till date, 5,717 coronavirus patients died in Dhaka division, 1,784 in Chattogram, 535 in Rajshahi, 620 in Khulna, 294 in Barishal, 342 in Sylhet, 390 in Rangpur and 209 in Mymensingh divisions.

Of the victims, 7,376 are men (74.57) and 2,515 women (25.43).

In the wake of the alarming rise in the Corona cases, the government enforced a seven-day lockdown from April 5 and the lockdown was extended by two more days. And then the government announced to enforce a “strict seven-day lockdown” from April 14.

All modes of public transports, including those of road, river, railway and air, will remain suspended during this period. All government, semi-government and private offices will remain shut.

Covid-19 in Bangladesh: 69 more die, 6,028 infected

Vaccination drive

The government launched a vaccination campaign on February 7 with doses received from the Serum Institute of India.

Experts are calling for ramping up the drive and urging people to follow the health guidelines to keep themselves and others around them safe.

On April 8, Bangladesh began its second phase of inoculation amid uncertainty over vaccine availability.

Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December 2019.

The pandemic continues to devastate countries across the world. In fact, Covid-19 has already claimed over 2.9 million lives and infected more than 136 million people globally.

The total case count reached 136,493,176 while the death toll from the virus climbed to 2,944,366 on Tuesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

Source: United News of Bangladesh