Bangladesh on Tuesday reported 12,198 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in the past 24 hours, the second-highest in a single day since the pandemic began.
“The pandemic claimed 203 lives in a span of 24 hours, pushing the nationwide coronavirus death toll to 16,842 so far,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement.
The official tally showed the virus infected 10,47,155 so far while the daily infection continued to exceed 10,000 mark for several days since July 6.
It said 29.21 percent of the 41,755 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 8,89,167 after another 7,646 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.
The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning, 84.91 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 3,201 while as of today, 5,62,219 out of 10,34,957 were detected alone in Dhaka district including the capital.
The DGHS said among the total 16,842 fatalities, 8,240 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 3,067 in Chattogram, 1,297 in Rajshahi, 1,962 in Khulna, 496 in Barishal, 595 in Sylhet, 785 in Rangpur and 400 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 13, 2021, 12:31 GMT, 4,058,103 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 188,212,206 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.