COVID-19: Bangladesh records highest deaths in a single day

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People, wearing protective suits, offer funeral prayers for a man who died due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), before his burial at a graveyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 6, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Dailynewsun Desk:

Bangladesh on Sunday recorded 153 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths, the highest number in a single day since its first detection on March 8 last year while it recorded 8,661 fresh cases during the same period, the second highest in a day.

“The country reported 28.99 percent COVID-19 positive cases, the highest in a single day as 29,879 samples were tested in the past 24 hours while the second highest positivity rate was 28.27 on July 2 ,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement.

The official tally showed the virus killed 15,065 people and infected 9,44,917 so far, it added.

The recovery count rose to 8,33,897 after another 4,698 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.

The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning 88.25 percent recovered, while 1.59 percent died.

In the past 24 hours, the combined figure of coronavirus in Dhaka city and upazilas of Dhaka district is 2,943 while as of today, 5,31,216 out of 9,44,917 were detected alone in Dhaka district including the capital.

The DGHS said among the total 15,065 fatalities, 7,728 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 2,815 in Chattogram, 1,112 in Rajshahi, 1,436 in Khulna, 439 in Barishal, 539 in Sylhet, 657 in Rangpur and 339 in Mymensingh division.

The DGHS said Bangladesh’s COVID-19 confirmed cases crossed 5,000 mark on March 29, 2021 and 6,000 mark on April 1, 202, 7,000 mark on April 4, 2021, 8,000 mark on June 24, 2021.

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. The country again witnessed a fall in May, 2021 as it recorded 41,408 cases. From the beginning of June, 2021, the country recorded a sharp rise with 1,12,718 cases, the DGHS said.

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, 638 in March and 2,404 in April, 1,169 in May and 1,884 in June, the DGHS sources said.

To receive information and treatment facilities on COVID-19, the contact hotline and mobile numbers are 16263; 333; 10655 and 01944333222.

As of July 4, 2021, 13.47 GMT, 3,989,346 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 184,346,489 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. -BSS