COVID-19 test positivity rate drops below 4pc in Bangladesh

Death toll 7,966, cases top 5.30 lakh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:23, Jan 21,2021 | Updated: 00:47, Jan 22,2021


The COVID-19 test positivity rate dropped further to 3.96 per cent in the past 24 hours ending at 8:00am on Thursday amid the declining trend in the infection rate in the last few days.

The number of deaths in the 24 hours period rose to 16 against eight in the previous day.

The Directorate General of Health Services in its daily update said that 584 COVID-19 cases were detected testing 14,761 samples across the country in the past 24 hours.

In the previous four days of the current week, the positivity rate was 4.26 per cent on Wednesday, 4.65 per cent on Tuesday, 5.49 per cent on Monday and 4.23 on Sunday.

The daily positivity rate had remained over 20 per cent till the third week of August in 2020 from the end of May in 2020 after remaining at a relatively lower level since the beginning of the outbreak in March, 2020. 

The positivity rate has been in gradual decline since August 2020 with the rate hovering around 4-6 per cent in the past few days.

The overall positivity rate in the country is now 15.08 per cent and the fatality rate is 1.50 per cent.

Bangladesh confirmed the first cases of COVID-19 on March 8 and the first death on March 18.

The country is now in the 46th week of the outbreak.

According to the DGHS data, the country’s COVID-19 cases reached 5,30,271 and death toll hit 7,966 with the addition of new figures in the past 24 hours.

Among the deceased, one died at home in the past 24 hours.

Since mid-May in 2020, at least 748 COVID-19 patients have died outside hospitals, including 714 at home and 34 on the way to hospitals.

Among the 16 people died in the past 24 hours, 13 were from Dhaka division and one each was from Chattogram, Khulna and Rajshahi divisions.

Nine of the deceased were above 60 years of age, three were between 51 years and 60 years, one was between 41 years and 50 years, two were between 31 years and 40 years and another was between 21 years and 30 years.

So far, 4,75,074 COVID-19 patients, including 602 in the past 24 hours, have recovered.

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