COVID-19 killed 24 more people and 1,696 new coronavirus cases were detected across the country in the 24 hours till 8:00am Thursday.
With the figures, Bangladesh’s COVID-19 death toll has reached 5,747 and cases have risen to 3,94,827, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.
The DGHS in its daily update on Thursday said that 14,958 samples were tested across the country in the 24 hours and 1,696, or 11.34 per cent, of them were found positive for the novel virus.
Bangladesh on March 8 confirmed its first COVID-19 cases and on March 18 the first death from the infection. The country is now in the 33rd week of its coronavirus outbreak.
The country’s COVID-19 positivity rate was decreasing in recent weeks.
The overall positivity rate is now 17.77 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.
But, 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 DGHS said that 14 of the 24 new deaths were in Dhaka division, six in Chattogram, three in Khulna division and one was in Sylhet division.
Thirteen of the deceased were aged above 60 years while eight were between 51 and 60 years, two between 41 and 50 years and one was between 21 and 30 years.
So far, 3,10,532 COVID-19 patients have recovered, including 1,687 in the past 24 hours.
The country had 78,548 active cases on Thursday.
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