Covid-19 kills 32, infects 698 more in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 15:41, May 17,2021 | Updated: 00:09, May 18,2021


Covid-19 killed 32 more people while 698 new cases were detected in the country in the past 24 hours ending at 8:00am on Monday.

With the new figures, the country’s Covid death toll reached 12,181 and the number of cases rose to 7,80,857, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

The DGHS in the daily update said that 10,387 samples were tested across the country in the past 24 hours and 6.75 per cent of them were found positive for Covid-19.

The country has witnessed a declining trend in the test positivity rate in recent days compared with that in April.

The positivity rate went above 23 per cent in the first week of April but has started to drop since April 17.

In the past week, the positivity rate remained 6-8 per cent. 

Bangladesh on March 8, 2020 reported the first Covid cases and logged the first death on March 18, 2020.

The country witnessed the first peak Covid situation in June-July 2020.

In January-February, the positivity rate dropped to 2.5-5 per cent.

DGHS spokesperson Nazmul Islam on Sunday  said that the positivity rate might increase again due to the mass movement during the Eid festival.

He urged people to continue practising health guidelines despite the recent improvement in the Covid situation.

The DGHS in the daily update said that among the 32 people died in the past 24 hours, 23 were males and nine were females.

Twenty-one of them died in Dhaka division, three in Sylhet, two each in Chattogram, Khulna, Rajshshi and Barishal and one in Mymensingh.

Seventeen of the decreased were above 60 years of age while seven were between 51 years and 60 years, four between 41 years and 50 years, three between 31 years and 40 years and one between 21 years and 30 years.

The country had 45,582 active cases on Monday.

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