New cases, positivity rate rising
Districts along the border in Khulna and Rajshahi divisions have continued to see record-breaking Covid-19 positivity rates and the number of daily deaths.
The administrations in Khulna, Chapainawabganj, Satkhira, Bagerhat and Noakhali districts have enforced strict restrictions of movement.
Health officials said it will be a while before transmission rates begin to fall.
In the 24 hours preceding 8:00am yesterday, 11 people were reported dead with Covid-19 in Rajshahi division and nine in Khulna division, according to a press release from the health directorate.
In the same 24 hours, the confirmed new cases were 641 in Rajshahi and 557 in Khulna divisions.
The positivity rates were 14.53 percent in Rajshahi and 36.05 percent in Khulna divisions.
The positivity rate was 59.34 percent in Satkhira, 29.3 percent in Chuadanga, 38.15 percent in Narail, 20.24 percent in Rajshahi, and 20 percent in Joypurhat districts.
In the same 24 hours, the overall positivity rate has also increased to 12.33 percent from 12.12pc the previous day.
A total of 2,537 people tested positive for coronavirus across the country in the same period.
The total number of recorded deaths from Covid-19 was 12,949, as of yesterday.
"There are restrictions in bordering areas because of the high transmission rates. The transmission is stable in those districts currently and we hope it will fall soon," Dr Nazmul Islam, spokesperson of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told a virtual briefing yesterday.
The overall transmission has been on the rise since June 2, he said.
Of those who were reported dead yesterday, there were 17 men and 19 women.
Six each were from Dhaka and Chattogram divisions. Six died in Rangpur division and one in Sylhet division.
The national positivity rate remained below five percent in January and February. But the numbers began to rise from the second week of March amid slack enforcement of health safety guidelines.
The transmission rate fell in mid-May before beginning to rise two weeks ago.