Covid cases up 58pc in one week
Covid-19 cases went up by around 58 percent in the week ending yesterday compared to the numbers of the week prior to that, according to the Director General of Health Services (DGHS).
Covid deaths also rose by 19 percent during the period, the data shows.
A DGHS press release said 96,140 Covid patients were detected last week, whereas the number was 60,933 in the previous week.
Meanwhile, 218 coronavirus patients died across the country in 24 hours ending at 8:00am yesterday, taking the death toll of last week to 1,639, up from the previous week's 1,377 deaths.
In the same period, the number of recoveries has also risen by around 38 percent. Last week, 89,873 Covid-19 patients recovered. The number was 65,176 the previous week.
In 24 hours ending at 8:00am yesterday, 9,369 people tested positive for Covid after 30,980 samples were tested. The positivity rate was 30.24 percent, said the DGHS press release.
The positivity rate is an important parameter to measure the level of virus transmission.
According to the World Health Organisation, the governments can go for reopening if the positivity rate remains stagnant below five percent continuously for at least two weeks.
After a spike in cases in November and December last year, the positivity rate started going down from January. Throughout February, the rate was below three percent, but it started rising in early March and remained around 30 percent for the last two weeks.
With the latest counts, the total number of deaths due to Covid-19 is 20,685 while the number of confirmed cases is 12,49,484.
Of those reported dead yesterday, 134 were males and 84 were females.
Of them, the highest division-wise deaths -- 67 -- were reported in Dhaka division followed by 55 in Chattogram. Among other divisions, 27 were in Khulna division, 22 in Rajshahi, 16 in Rangpur, 12 in Mymensingh, 10 in Barishal and nine in Sylhet.