Positivity rate, new cases jump to 3-month highs in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:04, Dec 01,2020 | Updated: 00:10, Dec 01,2020


Traders mostly without masks sell masks in makeshift shops under Babu Bazar Bridge in Dhaka on Monday. — Sourav Lasker

The number of new COVID-19 cases and test positivity rate hit three-month highs in the past 24 hours ending at 8:00am on Monday.

The number of deaths also jumped to 35 in the past 24 hours with the deterioration of the country’s novel coronavirus situation ahead of winter. Twenty-nine people died of COVID-19 in the previous day.

The Directorate General of Health Services said that 2,525 more COVID-19 cases were detected in the past 24 hours across the country after testing 15,372 samples with a test positivity rate of 16.43 per cent.

The number of cases and test positivity rate in the past 24 hours were highest since September 2, when the country had recorded 2,582 cases with a positivity rate of 16.98 per cent.

With the new figures, the country has so far tallied 4,64,932 cases and 6,644  deaths since the first COVID-19 cases were detected on March 8.

The recent spikes in the number of cases and positivity rate have intensified fear among health experts and government high-ups of a deteriorating COVID-19 situation in winter.

The weekly deaths, cases and positivity rate in the 38th week, ended Saturday, were highest in the previous few months.

The country’s overall test positivity rate now stands at 16.77 per cent although it went down to 10-12 per cent a few weeks ago.

The fatality rate has also climbed up in recent weeks, standing at 1.43 per cent at present. The rate dropped to around 1 per cent a few weeks ago.

The DGHS said that among the 35 new deaths in the past 24 hours, 25 died in Dhaka division, four died in Rajshahi division, two died in Khulna division and one died in each of Chattogram, Sylhet, Rangpur and Mymensingh divisions.

Twenty of the deceased were above 60 years of age, eight were between 51 years and 60 years, five were between 41 years and 50 years, one was between 11 years and 20 years and another was less than 10 years of age.

So far 3,80,711 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the country, including 2,539 in the past 24 hours.

The country had 77,577 active cases on Monday.

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