Cases rise, deaths fall in past week in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:54, Oct 17,2020 | Updated: 23:51, Oct 17,2020

 
 

The number of COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh increased by 7.51 per cent in the 32nd week on Saturday since its outbreak in the country, as 10,222 more cases were recorded in the week.

The country’s total coronavirus cases have thus risen to 3,87,295, including 1,209 fresh cases recorded in the 24 hours till 8:00am Saturday.

Besides, the COVID-19 death toll in the country has reached 5,646, including new 23 fatalities in the 24-hour period.

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

The country has entered the 33rd week of infection today.

Directorate General of Health Services data disclosed that 10,222 new cases were detected in the 32nd week while the figure was 9,508 in the 31st week.

The number of deaths, however, decreased from 175 in the 31st week to 146 in the 32nd week.

The test positivity rate in  the 32nd week was 11.34 per cent while it was 11.63 per cent in the 31st week, 11.96 per cent in the 30th week, 11.79 per cent in the 29th week and 12.03 per cent in the 28th week.

The current overall positivity rate is 18.00 per cent.

The fatality rate in the 32nd week was 1.43 per cent while it was 1.84 per cent in the 31st week, 2.02 per cent in the 30th week, 2.06 per cent in the 29th week and 1.86 per cent in the 28th week.

The overall fatality rate is now 1.46 per cent.

The DGHS in its daily update on Saturday revealed that 11,576 samples were tested across the country in the past 24 hours and 10.45 per cent of them were found COVID-19 positive.

Among the 23 new deaths, 14 were in Dhaka division, four in Chattogram, two each in Barishal and Rangpur and one was in Khulna division.

Fifteen of the deceased were aged above 60 years while four were between 51 and 60 years, two between 31 and 40 years, one between 21 and 30 years and one was a minor below 10 years.

So far, 3,02,298 COVID-19 patients have recovered from infection, including 1,560 in the past 24 hours.

The country had 79,351 active cases on Saturday.

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