COVID-19 killed five more people while 404 others tested positive for the disease across the country in the past 24-hour period ending at 8:00am Friday.
With the new numbers, the country’s COVID-19 death toll has hit 8,253 and the number of cases 5,39,975, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.
The health agency in its Friday update said that 14,328 samples were tested in the period and 2.82 per cent of them were found COVID-19 positive.
Bangladesh on March 8, 2020 confirmed its first three COVID-19 cases and on March 18 its first death from the disease.
The country is now in the 49th week of its coronavirus outbreak.
In recent weeks, both COVID-19 cases and deaths witnessed decreases.
The overall COVID-19 positivity rate is now 14.13 per cent and the overall fatality rate 1.53 per cent.
Initially, the daily test positivity rate was low but it started to increase from mid-May last year.
Towards the end of that month, the test positivity rate went above 20 per cent, which continued until the third week of August.
Since then, the test positivity rate started to decrease, ranging between 3 and 5 per cent in recent days. The daily positivity rate remained below 3 per cent in the last eight days.
According to the DGHS update, four of the new deaths were reported from Dhaka division while one was from Chattogram.
Three of the deceased were aged above 60 years while two were between 51 and 60 years.
So far, 4,86,393 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the country, including 422 in the past 24 hours.
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