Country hits another grim milestone
The country yesterday recorded the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in a single day.
A total of 264 people died in 24 hours ending at 8:00am yesterday, read a press release of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Earlier, the record was 258 deaths on July 27.
The total number of Covid deaths in the country now stands at 21,902 and the Covid death rate stands at 1.66 percent.
As the country's healthcare system grapples with the wave of Covid cases caused largely by the Delta variant, 12,744 new cases were reported yesterday.
A total of 46,995 samples were tested across the country during the 24-hour period.
Yesterday's positivity rate was 27.12 percent.
So far 13,22,654 Covid cases have been detected since the first cases were reported on March 8 last year. In the last 15 days, 1,86,151 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the country.
Among yesterday's 264 deceased, 124 were women.
Of the dead, one was under 10 years old, one was between 11 and 20 years old, five were between 21 and 30 years, 25 between 31 and 40 years, 31 between 41 and 50 years, 59 between 51 and 60 years, 74 between 61 and 70 years, 50 between 71 and 80 years, 15 between 81 and 90 years and three between 91 and 100 years old, added the release.
According to the DGHS, 1,647 people died between last Friday and yesterday. In the previous week, 1,570 people had died from Covid.
At least 15,786 Covid-19 patients were registered recovered yesterday. The total number of recoveries now stands at 11,56,943 and the recovery rate at 87.47 percent.
The ongoing lockdown has been extended to August 10 to curb transmission.