Bangladesh on Wednesday recorded 201 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths, the highest number in a single day since the pandemic began while it recorded 11,162 fresh cases during the same period, the second highest in a day.
“The country reported 31.32 percent COVID-19 positive cases, the second highest in a single day as 35,639 samples were tested in the past 24 hours while the highest positivity rate was 31.46 on July 6 (yesterday) ,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement.
The official tally showed the virus killed 15,593 people and infected 9,77,568 so far, it added. The recovery count rose to 8,50,502 after another 5,987 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.
The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning 87.00 percent recovered, while 1.60 percent died.
Both infections and fatalities of coronavirus continued to rise sharply in the past several days while the government has extended the ongoing lockdown till midnight of July 14. Earlier, the government decided to impose a nationwide seven-day lockdown till July 7 to contain transmission of the deadly virus.
In the past 24 hours, combined figure of coronavirus of Dhaka city and upazilas of Dhaka district is 3,285 while as of today, 5,41,411 out of 9,77,568 were detected alone in Dhaka district including the city.
The DGHS said among the total 15,593 fatalities, 7,871 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 2,878 in Chattogram, 1,170 in Rajshahi, 1,603 in Khulna, 461 in Barishal, 558 in Sylhet, 698 in Rangpur and 354 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, 9,000 mark on July 5 and 11,000 mark July 6 (today).
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 7, 2021, 12.26 GMT, 4,011,889 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are 185,503,253 confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics, reports BSS.
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.