Covid infections surge in Dhaka, 5 adjoining dists
Compared to the second week of July, the Covid-19 infection rate shot up in Dhaka and its three bordering districts last week.
On the other hand, the daily positivity rate hit an all-time high in Dhaka and its five adjoining districts except for Manikganj last week.
Dhaka witnessed the highest infection rate -- 40 percent -- on July 22.
It spiked to 65 percent in Gazipur, 45 percent in Narayanganj, 51 percent in Munshiganj and 91 percent in Tangail between July 19 and July 21.
The positivity rate in Manikganj was 44 percent on July 18. Last August, it shot up to 57 percent.
The infection rate in Dhaka increased by one percentage point to 33 percent last week whereas it shot up by five percentage points to 36 percent in Narayanganj, two percentage points to 41 percent in Gazipur and four percentage points to 42 percent in Munshiganj.
However, during this period, the infection rate dropped in two other adjoining districts Manikganj and Tangail.
In Tangail, the infection rate dropped by one percentage point to 30 percent while by seven percentage points to 30 percent in Tangail.
Meanwhile, 166 people died from Covid-19 in 24 hours till 8:00am yesterday, read a press release of the DGHS.
The total number of Covid-19 deaths in the country now stands at 18,851 and the death rate stands at 1.64 percent.
At least 6,364 new infections were reported during the period, taking the overall number of infections to 1,146,564, added the release.
The current positivity rate is 31.05 percent while the total positivity rate stands at 15.5 percent. A total of 20,493 samples were tested across the country in this 24-hour period.
At least 9,006 Covid-19 patients have recovered during the period. The total number of recoveries now stands at 978,616 and the recovery rate at 85.35 percent.
Among the 166 dead, 95 were men and 71 were women.
Of them, two were between 11 and 20 years old, seven between 21 and 30, 15 between 31 and 40, 24 between 41 and 50, 32 between 51 and 60, 46 between 61 and 70, 27 between 71 and 80, and 10 between 81 and 90, added the release.
During the three-day Eid vacation, between July 20 and July 22, a total of 22,908 Covid-19 cases were recorded and 560 persons died from the novel coronavirus infection.
The lowest number of cases on a day was recorded -- 3,697 -- across the country on Thursday as few people appeared at the testing centers.
However, the positivity rate was highest at 32 percent in comparison to the samples tested.