The number of COVID-19 cases and the test positivity rate have increased for the second week in the 51st week, ended on Saturday, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.
The DGHS in the past week recorded 2,807 cases, up from 2,758 cases in the 50th week.
The test positivity rate in the 51st week rose to 2.89 per cent from 2.80 per cent in the previous week.
Before 50th week, the number of weekly cases had declined for 10 consecutive weeks, with the number standing at 2,496 in the 49th week.
The test positivity rate in the 49th week was also 10-week low of 2.53 per cent.
The country entered the 52nd week of the outbreak today.
The first COVID-19 cases were detected in the country on March 8, 2020 after the first coronavirus outbreak had been reported in Wuhan in China in December 2019.
Bangladesh has so far tallied 5,45,831 cases, including 407 on Saturday.
The overall test positivity rate is now 13.54 per cent and the daily rate was 3.30 per cent on Saturday.
A total of 12,348 samples were tested across the country in the past 24 hours ending at 8:00am on Saturday.
Five more COVID-19 patients died during the 24-hour period, raising the death toll to 8,400.
The overall fatality rate is now 1.54 per cent.
So far, 4,96,107 COVID-19 patients have recovered.
A total of 1,33,833 more people were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday.
With these, 29,84,773 people —19,37,026 males and 10,47,747 females — have received the first dose of the vaccine since the mass vaccination began on February 7.
The inoculation of the second dose is scheduled to begin on April 7.
The DGHS said that among the people vaccinated on Saturday, 80,761 were males and 53,072 were females.
The government is inoculating people the Oxford-AstraZeneca-developed vaccine manufactured at Serum Institute of India.
The country has so far received 70 lakh doses of the vaccine in two instalments from Serum under a deal to purchase 3 crore doses by June.
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