Covid-19 kills 30, infects 1,272 more in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 11:35pm on May 18, 2021

Thirty more people died of Covid-19 and 1,272 others were diagnosed with coronavirus infections in 24 hours until 8:00am on Tuesday.

The test positivity rate in the 24 hours stood at 7.55 per cent as 16,855 samples were tested during the period, said the Directorate General of Health Services in its daily update.

The number of cases and the test positivity rate were higher during the 24 hours compared with the previous day.

With the new figures, the number of cases has reached 7,82,129 and deaths 12,211 since the first cases of Covid-19 were detected in the country on March 8, 2020.

Of the 30 people died in the past 24 hours, 16 were women and 14 men, according to the DGHS.

Eighteen of them died in government hospitals, 10 in private hospitals and two at home.

Half the latest deaths were counted in Dhaka division while eight in Chattogram, two each in Rajshahi, Sylhet and Mymensingh and one in Rangpur.

Sixteen of the deceased were aged above 60 years  while seven were aged between 51 years and 60 years, six were between 41 years and 50 years and one was between 31 years and 40 years, showed the DGHS update.

The national technical advisory committee on Covid-19 on Tuesday advised the government for establishing oxygen plants for reducing reliance on others for the life-saving gas.

The committee also asked the government for strictly controlling unofficial travels between Bangladesh and India through the countries’ porous borders.

The committee made nine recommendations at its 34th online meeting.

The committee also urged building up a good stock of oxygen concentrators and cylinders.

The committee recommendations came amid fears that the Indian variant of coronavirus, which is more contagious and deadly, would spread in the country in coming days due to massive movements of people to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.

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.

April was the worst Covid month with the positivity rate crossing 23 per cent in the first week of April.

The spread of the disease has begun dropping since April 17.

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