COVID-19 killed 21 more people and 1,383 new coronavirus cases were detected across the country in the 24 hours till 8am Friday.
With these figures, the country’s COVID-19 death toll reached 5,093 and the number of cases rose to 3,56,767, according to the Directorate General of Health Services’ daily update on Friday.
The DGHS said that 12,473 samples were tested across the country in the 24-hour period and 11.09 per cent of them were found positive for COVID-19.
The overall positivity rate, positive cases per 100 tests, is now 18.90 per cent.
The rate has been on the decline for a few 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 11.99 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 for a few weeks.
The overall fatality rate is 1.43 per cent, but it is 1.92 per cent in the ongoing 29th week, 1.86 per cent in the 28th week, was 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.
A good number of COVID-19 deaths have occurred outside hospitals, with 654 patients dying at home and 34 dying on the way to hospitals, accounting for 13.51 per cent of the total COVID-19 deaths.
The DGHS in its Friday release said that 14 of the new 21 dead were male and seven female.
Ten of them were aged above 60 years, four between 51and 60 years and seven were between 41and 50 years.
Division-wise, 16 died in Dhaka, two in Chattogram and one each died in Khulna, Rajshahi and Rangpur.
So far, 2,67,024 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the country, including 1,932 in the past 24 hours.
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