Bangladesh on Monday recorded 1,736 COVID-19 cases and 13.47 per cent test positivity rate, the highest number of daily cases in 49 days and the highest daily positivity rate in 57 days.
The test positivity rate has been in a rising trend over the past one and half weeks as the country is approaching the winter.
On September 14, the number of daily cases was 1,812, which was the pervious highest figure, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.
On September 6, the daily test positivity rate was 14.02 per cent, which was the last-recorded highest until Monday.
Bangladesh is now in the 35th week of its COVID-19 outbreak since its first cases were recorded on March 8.
In the 33rd week, the positivity rate dropped to 10.77 per cent as the cases were decreasing in the country over the past few weeks.
The infection rate in the 33rd week was the lowest since the fifth-week infections, but the rate increased to 11.34 per cent in the 34th week and to 12.99 per cent in the ongoing 35th week.
The country’s current test positivity rate is 17.40 per cent.
The DGHS in its daily update on Monday said that 12,891 samples were tested across the country in the 24 hours till 8:00am Monday and 1,736 of them were found positive for COVID-19.
Besides, 25 people died of COVID-19 in the 24-hour period in the country.
With the figures, the country’s COVID-19 cases reached 4,10,988 and the death toll 5,966.
The fatality rate in the country is now 1.45 per cent.
So far, 3,27,901 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the country, including 1,961 in the past 24 hours.
The DGHS said that 15 of the new 25 deaths were in Dhaka division, three each in Chattogram and Sylhet, two in Khulna and one each was in Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions.
Fifteen of the deceased were aged above 60 years, six between 51 and 60 years, two between 41 and 50 years and another two were between 31 and 40 years.
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