The number of COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh hit a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic with 13,768 new infections being reported in a span of 24 hours, pushing the nationwide coronavirus tally to 10,34,957 so far.
“The death toll rose to 16,639 with 220 new fatalities, the second highest number of deaths in a single day,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement.
It said 31.24 percent of the 44,067 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 recovery count rose to 8,81,521 after another 7,020 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.
The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning, 85.17 percent recovered, while 1.61 percent died.
In the past 24 hours, the combined figure of coronavirus in Dhaka city and upazilas of Dhaka district is 5,002 while as of today, 5,59,718 out of 10,34,957 were detected alone in Dhaka district including the capital.
The DGHS said among the total 16,639 fatalities, 8,179 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 3,037 in Chattogram, 1,270 in Rajshahi, 1,909 in Khulna, 491 in Barishal, 590 in Sylhet, 770 in Rangpur and 393 in Mymensingh division.
The DGHS said Bangladesh’s COVID-19 confirmed cases crossed 5,000 mark on March 29, 2021, 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 on July 6.
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.
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As of July 12, 2021, 12:26 GMT, 4,051,643 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 187,775,458 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.