COVID-19 claimed the lives of 14 more people in Bangladesh during the 24 hours till 8:00am Sunday. This was the country’s lowest daily COVID-19 death count in 157 days.
On May 14, the number of the country’s daily COVID-19 deaths was 14.
With these fatalities, the COVID-19 death toll in the country has reached 5,660 while the novel coronavirus has killed at least 11,11,152 people across the world since the outbreak emerged in China December 2019.
The Directorate General of Health Services in its Sunday update said that 11,866 samples were tested across the country in the past 24 hours and 1,274 or 10.74 per cent of them were found positive for COVID-19.
With this figure, the country’s COVID-19 cases have risen to 3,88,569.
Bangladesh on March 8 confirmed its first COVID-19 cases and on March 18 the first death from the infection.
The country on Sunday entered the 33rd week of its COVID-19 outbreak.
The COVID-19 test positivity rate in Bangladesh was decreasing in recent weeks.
The overall test positivity rate is now 17.96 per cent but it was 11.34 per cent in the 32nd week, 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 overall fatality rate is currently 1.46 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, 20.02 per cent in the 30th week, 2.06 per cent in the 29th week and 1.86 per cent in the 28th week.
The DGHS disclosed that six of the 14 new deaths were in Dhaka division, two each in Khulna and Rajshahi and one each was in Chattogram, Barishal, Sylhet and Mymensingh divisions.
Ten of the deceased were aged above 60 years while three were between 51 and 60 years and one was between 31 and 40 years.
So far, 3,03,972 COVID-19 patients have recovered from infection, including 1,674 in the past 24 hours.
The country had 78,937 active cases on Sunday.
Agence France-Presse adds: The novel coronavirus has killed at least 11,11,152 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Sunday.
At least 3,97,42,730 cases have been registered. Of these, at least 2,73,41,000 are now considered recovered.
On Saturday, 5,302 new deaths and 3,72,882 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were India with 1,033 new deaths, followed by the United States with 661 and Brazil with 461.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 2,19,289 deaths from 81,06,752 cases. At least 32,20,573 people have been declared recovered.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 1,53,675 deaths from 52,24,362 cases, India with 1,14,031 deaths from 74,94,551 cases, Mexico with 86,059 deaths from 8,47,108 cases, and the United Kingdom with 43,579 deaths from 7,05,428 cases.
Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 3,79,605 deaths from 10,46,3815 cases, Europe 2,49,826 deaths from 73,31,743 infections, and the United States and Canada 2,29,035 deaths from 83,03,073 cases.
Asia has reported 1,59,279 deaths from 96,73,315 cases, the Middle East 52,851 deaths from 22,99,676 cases, Africa 39,552 deaths from 16,37,885 cases, and Oceania 1,004 deaths from 33,223 cases.
Millions of Europeans faced tough new coronavirus restrictions on Saturday as governments stepped up efforts to slow the surge in infections, after the World Health Organisation reported a ‘very concerning’ 44-per cent rise in European cases over one week.
From Saturday evening, Paris and several other French cities go under a night-time curfew that will last at least a month. England is banning mixed household gatherings in the capital and other areas, and Italy’s most populous region is limiting bar openings and suspending sports events.
The need for action in France was underlined as the country recorded another record for new cases, with over 32,000 registered in 24 hours.
About 20 million people in the Paris region and eight other French cities were facing a 9:00pm-6:00am curfew from Saturday after cases surged in what has once again become one of Europe’s major hotpots.
Many restaurant owners are unhappy at the hit their businesses will take.
‘Closing at 9:00pm will have no effect (on the epidemic),’ said Gerard, the manager of a Toulouse restaurant. ‘They’re not attacking it in the right way.’
Britain is the hardest-hit country in Europe, with over 43,000 deaths from almost 700,000 cases.
But as the government there ramped up restrictions, banning indoor meetings between members of different households in London and several other English cities, there was growing criticism from some quarters.
Under the new measures, about 28 million people — half of England’s population — are now subject to tight social restrictions.
Some officials in northwest England have objected to their cities being placed on the highest level of a new three-tier alert system.
Prime minister Boris Johnson has acknowledged that local restriction policies cannot be ‘pain free’.
But the hope is that these measures will be enough to head off another full lockdown.
Northern Ireland meanwhile shut down pubs and restaurants on Friday for a month and extended the school holidays.
German chancellor Angela Merkel urged citizens to stay at home whenever possible after 7,830 cases emerged over 24 hours.
‘What will determine winter and our Christmas will be decided in the weeks ahead’ by how people react now, she said in her weekly podcast address.
But on Friday, a Berlin court overturned an order for restaurants and bars to close early, the latest legal setback for efforts by Germany’s national and local governments to restrict coronavirus transmission.
In Italy, the wealthy northern region of Lombardy worst hit by the first wave of the virus in February, has ordered all bars to shut at midnight.
Slovakia announced Saturday it would test everyone over 10 for the virus, as infections surged there.
‘Testing will be free of charge,’ Prime Minister Igor Matoviche told reporters in the country of 5.4 million people, without specifying whether it will be mandatory or voluntary.
Poland, the Czech Republic and Belgium have all announced daily record caseloads.
In the Czech Republic, with record numbers of cases recorded, the government has asked the army to set up a field hospital of 500 beds outside Prague.
Belgium will impose its own curfew, from midnight until 5:00am, from Monday, and will also shut cafes and restaurants for four weeks.
And Poland has closed schools and colleges in major cities while restaurants will have to close from 9:00 pm.
Austria, Slovenia and Hungary have all announced a surge in cases — in Slovenia, the compulsory wearing of masks in outdoor public spaces came into effect Saturday.
The death toll in Iran from the novel coronavirus pandemic has crossed the 30,000 mark, the health ministry announced Saturday.
By contrast, Israel is preparing to ease some lockdown restrictions from Sunday in the first phase of scaling back measures imposed last month to stem soaring novel coronavirus infection rates.
Austria’s foreign minister Alexander Schallenberg and Belgian foreign minister Sophie Wilmes became the latest politicians to test positive for Covid-19. And the Vatican announced that a case had been recorded at Santa Marta residence, where Pope Francis lives.
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