Bangladesh on Saturday reported 2,697 COVID-19 cases while the coronavirus claimed overnight 83 lives.
“The tally of infections has surged to 7,42,400 as 2,697 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours during the period,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement.
A total of 83 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 10,952.
It said 13.11 percent of the 20,571 samples collected in 24 hours were tested positive while the infection rate was only 2.30 percent just on February 8 this year as during the late winter season, the rate started decreasing sharply.
The samples were tested at 350 authorized medical laboratories across the country during the time as the government put in efforts to increase the number of testing centers gradually with resurgence of the pandemic.
The recovery count rose to 6,53,151 after another 5,477 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.
The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning, 87.98 percent recovered, while 1.48 percent died.
It said 52 out of the 83 people died in Dhaka division alone and 58 of them were male while 25 were female and added that five are in their 30s, five in their 40s, 17 in their 50s while 56 are above 60 years.
Bangladesh recorded the highest number of COVID-19 fatality on June 30 last year when the virus killed 64 people in a day.
The DGHS said Bangladesh’s COVID-19 confirmed cases crossed 5,000 mark on March 29, 2021 and 6,000 mark on April 1, 2021 while it surpassed 7,000 mark on April 4, 2021.
The country recorded 7,626 COVID-19 cases on April 7 this year, the highest daily spike since the outbreak of the pandemic, it added.
According to month-wise statistics last year, 51 COVID-19 positive cases were detected in March 2020, 7616 in April, 39,486 in May, 98,330 in June, 92,178 in July, 75,335 in August, 50,483 in September, 44, 205 in October, 57,248 in November and 48,578 in December.
The beginning of the current year witnessed a drastic fall of coronavirus cases in the country but the trend lasted for only two months — 21,629 cases were detected in January and 11,077 in February.
The entire month of March witnessed sharp increase of infection when the virus infected 65,079 people.
The DGHS said among the total 10,952 fatalities, 6,397 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 1,977 in Chattogram, 577 in Rajshahi, 668 in Khulna, 321 in Barishal, 365 in Sylhet, 413 in Rangpur and 234 in Mymensingh division.
The DGHS said in order to make treatment facilities easily available for the COVID-19 patients, the government has introduced telemedicine services comprising 100 physicians for round the clock in the country.
It added that 2,73,78,555 people received healthcare services from hotline mobile numbers and health web portals as the government formed a group of medical professionals to provide emergency healthcare services.
To receive information and treatment facilities on COVID-19, the contact hotline and mobile numbers are 16263; 333; 10655 and 01944333222.
As of April 24, 2021, 10:48 GMT, 3,102,116 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 146,337,262 confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
China was the world’s first country which on January 11, 2020 reported the first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province.