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12:00 AM, May 18, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:36 AM, May 18, 2021

New Covid cases double in two days

The amount of new daily Covid-19 cases has doubled in the past two days till yesterday as people started returning to the capital after Eid holidays, defying health safety guidelines.

In the past 24 hours till 8:00am yesterday, 698 people tested positive. On Sunday it was 363 and 261 on Saturday.

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This rise of new cases was recorded a day after the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) officially announced the presence of the highly transmissible Indian variant of the coronavirus in the country.

Experts said there may be another rise in cases as there was a gross violation of health safety guidelines due to the mad rush of the home goers for Eid vacation.

They fear that the variant may begin a fresh surge of the virus unless health safety guidelines are strictly maintained.

After testing 26 people, the IEDCR has so far detected the presence of new variant, which devastated India, in six India returnees.

All of the Covid-19 patients, aged between seven to 75, with the variant have travelled to and from India between April 1 and 25.

With the new cases, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases reached 7,80,857.

"As people left and returned to Dhaka for Eid, we will see the impact a few days later. As the Indian variant is here, the transmission may soon rise again," Dr Mushtuq Hussain, consultant of the IEDCR told The Daily Star.

Yesterday, the number of Covid-19 deaths had also risen.

In the same 24 hours yesterday, a total of 32 Covid-19 patients died -- up from 25 on Sunday.

With this, the total number of deaths reached 12,181 and the death rate stands at 1.56 percent.

The positivity rate was 6.75 percent against a total of 10,347 tests yesterday.

Meanwhile, a total of 1,058 Covid-19 patients have recovered in this period, raising the recovery rate to 92.60 percent.

Among the 32 deceased, 23 were males and nine females.

One was aged between 21 and 30 years, three between 31 and 40, four between 41 and 50, seven between 51 and 60 and 17 were above 60 years.

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