Bangladesh registered 28 more COVID-19 deaths and 1,540 new cases in the 24 hours till 8:00am Thursday.
With the figures, the death toll from the novel coronavirus has reached 5,072 and the number of cases hit 3,55,384 in the country.
The Directorate General of Health Services in its Thursday release said that 12,900 samples were tested across the country in the 24-hour period and 11.94 per cent of them were found COVID-19 positive.
The country’s overall positivity rate, confirmed cases per 100 tests, is 18.95 per cent. The rate has been on the decline over the recent weeks.
Bangladesh on March 8 confirmed its first COVID-19 cases and the first death on March 18.
The country is now in the 29th week of its coronavirus outbreak.
The positivity rate is 12.17 per cent in the ongoing week while it was 12.03 per cent in the 28th week, 12.80 per cent in the 27th week, 15.89 per cent in the 26th week, 17.35 per cent in the 25th week and 20.06 per cent in the 24th week.
The fatality rate, deaths per 100 confirmed cases, has been, however, increasing over the recent weeks.
The rate is 1.98 per cent in the ongoing 29th week, was 1.86 per cent in the 28th week, 2.04 per cent in the 27th week, 1.65 per cent in the 26th week, 1.83 per cent in the 25th week and 1.56 per cent in the 24th week.
The country’s 50 per cent COVID-19 deaths occurred in the past 69 days, with over 36 deaths per day on average, while it was 19 deaths per day in the first 133 days.
A good number of COVID-19 patients have died outside hospitals, with 654 dying at home and 34 on the way to hospitals, accounting for 13.56 per cent deaths occurring outside hospitals.
The DGHS said that 17 of the 28 new dead died in Dhaka division, six in Chattogram, two in Khulna, and one each died in Rajshahi, Sylhet and Rangpur divisions.
In all, 49.43 per cent COVID-19 deaths occurred in Dhaka division and 20.70 per cent in Chattogram division.
So far, 2,65,092 COVID-19 patients have recovered from their infection, including 2,139 in the past 24 hours.
On Thursday, Bangladesh had 85,220 active COVID-19 cases.
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