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12:00 AM, May 04, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:58 AM, May 04, 2021

65 more die of Covid, 1,739 get infected

Bangladesh reported that 65 more people died from Covid-19 in 24 hours ending at 8:00am yesterday, raising the death toll to 11,644.

The health authorities recorded 1,739 new infections after examining 13,431 samples, according to data available at corona.gov.bd.

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A handout from the Directorate General of Health Services put the number of tests at 19,431, including antigen tests.

Bangladesh has so far tested 55,18,410 samples, according to the DGHS.

There has been a steady decline in the number of tests since April 28 when 28,206 samples were tested. With a fall in tests, the number of new cases too went down gradually from April 26 (3,306) to May 2 (1,359) before a slightly upward curve.

Yesterday's daily infection rate slipped to 8.95 percent from Sunday's 9.6 percent, but the mortality rate remained static at 1.52 percent.

Bangladesh has recorded less than 70 virus-related deaths since Friday. The death toll soared to over 100 during April 16-19 and on April 25, but since then the daily fatalities have been falling gradually.         

With the latest figure, 7,63,682 cases have been recorded in the country so far, the DGHS said in the handout. This puts Bangladesh at 33rd in the list of countries with highest cases, according to Johns Hopkins University tally.

The number of recoveries now stands at 6,91,162, including 3,834 new one. So far, 90.50 percent patients have recovered.

Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus cases on March 8 last year, and the first death on March 18 that year.

Covid-19 claimed 2,404 lives in April alone, the deadliest month for the country since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.

Of all coronavirus-related deaths reported until the end of last month, April alone recorded 20.99 percent fatalities.

In the last month, 147,837 new cases were officially registered, according to DGHS.

In Bangladesh, 568 coronavirus-related deaths were reported in January, 281 in February and 638 in March.

Dhaka division remains the worst-hit region, registering most of the deaths -- 6,784 or 58.26 percent.

Thirty-two of the 65 deaths reported yesterday are from Dhaka division and 17 from Chattogram division. 

 

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