COVID-19: Bangladesh reports 15,989 fresh cases, 246 deaths

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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 Monday reported 15,989 COVID-19 cases while the coronavirus claimed overnight 246 lives.

“The country reported 29.91 percent COVID-19 positive cases as 53,462 samples were tested in the past 24 hours. The daily infection continued to exceed 10,000 mark for several days since July 6, ” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement.

An analysis of the official data suggests that 5,109 out of 15,989 COVID-19 positive cases were detected in Dhaka city alone in the past 24 hours while the virus claimed 32 out of 246 lives in the city during the same period.

The official tally showed the virus killed 21,162 people and infected 12,80,317 so far, it added.

The recovery count rose to 11,08,748 after another 15,482 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.

The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning 86.60 percent recovered, while 1.65 percent died.

The DGHS said among the total 21,162 fatalities, 9,634 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 3,978 in Chattogram, 1,631 in Rajshahi, 2,827 in Khulna, 678 in Barishal, 785 in Sylhet, 1057 in Rangpur and 572 in Mymensingh division.

It said Bangladesh’s COVID-19 confirmed cases crossed 5,000 mark on March 29, 2021, 6,000 mark on April 1, 2021, 7,000 mark on April 4, 2021, 8,000 mark on June 24, 2021, 9,000 mark on July 5, 11,000 mark July 6, 13,000 mark on July 12, 12,000 mark on July 13, 14,000 mark on July 27 and 16,000 mark on July 28.

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.