Bangladesh on Sunday reported 363 COVID-19 cases while the coronavirus claimed overnight 25 lives.
“The tally of infections has surged to 7,80,159 as 363 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours . . . 25 people died of COVID-19 during the period,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement.
A total of 25 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 12,149.
It said 6.69 percent of the 5,430 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 459 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 7,22,036 after another 601 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.
The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning, 92.55 percent recovered, while 1.56 percent died.
It said 13 out of the 25 people died in Dhaka division alone and 18 of them were male while seven were female and added that two are in their 30s, four in their 40s, six in their 50s while 13 are above 60 years.
Bangladesh recorded the highest number of COVID-19 fatality on April 19 this year when the virus killed 112 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.
After the drastic fall of COVID-19 confirmed cases, the country witnessed sharp increase of infection as 65,079 cases were reported in March, 2021 and 1,47,837 cases in April.
According to month-wise statistics last year, five COVID-19 deaths were reported in March, 2020, 163 in April, 482 in May, 1,197 in June, 1,264 in July, 1,179 in August, 970 in September, 672 in October, 721 in November and 915 in December.
Month-wise data of the current year, 568 coronavirus fatalities were recorded in January, 2021, 281 in February and 638 in March, the DGHS sources said.
The DGHS said among the total 12,149 fatalities, 7,020 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 2,275 in Chattogram, 638 in Rajshahi, 732 in Khulna, 368 in Barishal, 424 in Sylhet, 444 in Rangpur and 248 in Mymensingh division.