Deaths steady, cases fall in Bangladesh

Toll reaches 5,193, cases top 3.60 lakh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:15, Sep 28,2020 | Updated: 00:14, Sep 29,2020


COVID-19 claimed the lives of another 32 people during the 24-hour period till 8:00am Monday as the daily deaths continued steadily despite a somewhat falling trend in the number of daily cases.

With the new fatalities, the country’s COVID-19 deaths rose to 5,193, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

The DGHS in its Monday update said that 1,407 new coronavirus cases were detected in the 24-hour period.

Thus Bangladesh has so far tallied 3,60,555 coronavirus cases.

The country on March 8 confirmed its first COVID-19 cases and the first death from the disease on March 18.

The country is now in the 30th week of its coronavirus outbreak.

According to the DGHS data, the current COVID-19 fatality rate is 1.44 per cent but it is 2.39 per cent in the ongoing 30th week.

The fatality rate was 2.06 per cent in the 29th week,  1.86 per cent in the 28th week, 2.04 per cent in the 27th week, 1.65 per cent in the 26th week and 1.83 per cent in the 25th week.

The current test positivity rate is 18.88 per cent, but the rate has been declining recently.

The test positivity rate in the 30th week is 11.86 per cent it was 11.79 per cent in the 29th week, 12.03 per cent in the 28th week, 12.80 per cent in the 27th week, 15.89 per cent in the 26th week and 17.35 per cent in the 25th week.

The DGHS in its daily update said that two COVID-19 patients died at home in the past 24 hours.

Since May 17, at least 691 COVID-19 patients have died outside hospitals — 657 at home and 34 have been brought dead to hospitals.

Of the total COVID-19 deaths, 13.31 per cent occurred outside hospitals, according to the DGHS-compiled data.

Among the new deaths, 25 occurred in Dhaka division, three each in Chattogram and Rajshahi and one died in Mymensingh division.

Nineteen of the deceased were aged above 60 years, nine between 51and 60 years and four were between 41and 50 years.

So far, 2,72,073 COVID-19 patients have recovered, including 1,582 in the past 24 hours.

Bangladesh had 83,289 active cases on Monday.

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