21 more die of COVID-19 in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:29, Sep 17,2020


Twenty-one more people died of COVID-19 and 1,615 tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Bangladesh in the past 24 hours ending 8:00am Wednesday.

The figures took to 3,42,671 the number of COVID-19 cases and 4,823 the death toll, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

On Tuesday, the number of COVID-19 deaths was recorded 47, which was highest in the previous 18 days in the country.

Although the number of daily cases decreased in recent days, the case rate increased in recent weeks.

The health services said on Wednesday that 13,360 samples were tested at 94 labs across the country in the past 24 hours and 12.09 per cent of them found positive.

The test positivity rate remained around 12 per cent in the past two and half weeks in the country.

Currently the overall test positivity rate is 19.36 per cent and fatality rate is 1.41 per cent.

Bangladesh on March 8 reported the first COVID-19 cases while the first death was logged on March 18.

The country is now in the 28th week of the infection, with a sign of decline in test positivity rate in recent weeks.

The test positivity rate in the 27th week was 12.80 per cent while it was 15.89 per cent in the 26th week, 17.35   per cent in the 25th week, 20.06 per cent in the 24th week, 21.08 per cent in the 23rd week and 23.85 in the 22nd week. The positivity rate in the 22nd week was all-time high in the country.

The fatality rate in in the 27th week was 2.04 per cent, which was 1.65 per cent in the 26th week and 1.83 per cent in the 25th week. The rate in the ongoing 28th week is also 1.83 per cent.

DGHS said Wednesday that among the new 21 deaths, one died at home.

Since May 17, at least 645 COVID-19 deaths occurred at home and 33 died on the way to hospital.

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