COVID-19 test positivity rate rises in a week

Staff Correspondent | Published: 20:32, Oct 03,2020 | Updated: 21:31, Oct 03,2020


COVID-19 test positivity rate increased in the 30th week of infections, compared to the previous week, although the weekly number of cases dropped thanks to the low number of tests.

Bangladesh passed the 30th week of infections on Saturday since the first cases were detected on March 8.

Directorate General of Health Services records show that in the 30th week, 9,692 cases were detected with a positivity rate of 11.96 per cent testing 81,030 samples.

In the 29th week, the number of cases was 10,501 with a positivity rate of 11.79 per cent, testing 89,096 samples.

With the numbers recorded in the last two weeks, the test positivity rate increased by 1.48 per cent or 0.17 percentage point in the outgoing 30th week.

The overall test positivity rate is now 18.57 per cent.

In the outgoing 30th week, the number of deaths was 196, a slightly less than 29th week (216).

The death rate was 2.02 per cent in the 30th week but it was 2.06 per cent in the 29th week.

The overall COVID-19 fatality rate is now 1.45 per cent in the country.

Bangladesh so far tallied 3,67,565 COVID-19 cases with 5,325 deaths.

Among the total deaths of 5,325 COVID-19 patients, 696 died outside hospitals–  662 at homes and 34 were brought dead at hospitals, accounting 13.07 per cent of COVID-19 deaths occurring outside hospitals.

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