Weekly Covid deaths spike by 7.5 pc in Bangladesh

88 more die in 24 hours

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:45, Apr 24,2021 | Updated: 00:51, Apr 25,2021


The number of Covid deaths in the past week rose by 7.56 per cent compared with the previous week as the coronavirus has continued to take its toll in the fresh wave of the outbreak.

The Directorate General of Health Services tallied 669 Covid deaths in the past week, the 59th week of the outbreak, as 88 more people died of the disease in 24 hours till 8:00am on Saturday.

The number of people died of Covid-19 in the 58th week was 622.

The number of cases and the test positivity rate, however, dropped in the past week.

The overall Covid death toll has reached 10,952 and the number of cases 7,42,400 since the first cases were detected on March 8, 2020. 

The DGHS in its daily update on Saturday said that it recorded 2,697 cases in the past 24 hours with a test positivity rate of 13.11 per cent.

The weekly number of cases dropped by 25.24 per cent to 27,148 in the 59th week from 36,315 in the 58th week.

The weekly test positivity rate also dropped to 15.70 per cent in the past week from

20.50 per cent in the previous week.

The country has witnessed a fresh wave of the coronavirus outbreak since March after the situation improved comparatively in January-February when the test positivity rate ranged between 2.5 and 5 per cent.

The weekly cases dropped to 2,400-6,000 while the weekly deaths ranged between 51 and 160 in January-February.

The DGHS in the daily update on Saturday said that among the 88 people died in the past 24 hours, two died at home.

In the 59th week, 25 people died outside hospitals, including 22 at home and three on the way to hospitals.

In the 58th week, 31 people died outside hospitals, including 26 at home and five on the way to hospitals.

Among the 88 new deaths, 52 were from Dhaka division, 13 from Chattogram, five from Khulna, four from Barishal and three each from Rajshahi, Sylhet and Rangpur divisions.

Among them, 56 were above 60 years of age while 17 were between 51 years and 60 years, five between 41 years and 50 years and five between 31 years and 40 years.

On Saturday, the country had 78,297 active cases.

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