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Bangladesh reports highest-ever 74 Covid-19 deaths, 6,854 new cases

UNB, Dhaka
Bangladesh reports highest-ever 74 Covid-19 deaths, 6,854 new cases

Bangladesh on Thursday registered 74 more Covid-19 deaths during the last 24 hours till Thursday morning, breaking all the previous records.

The number of new Coronavirus cases dropped slightly to 6,854 after remaining over the 7,000 mark for the past four days, according to a handout issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

 With the new 74 deaths, the Covid-19 fatalities rose to 9,521 while the mortality rate remained static at 1.43 percent.
 
The infection rate slipped to 20.65 percent from 22.02 percent on Thursday.

During the 24-hour period, 3,391 patients recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 565,030, the DGHS handout said.

Although the government enforced a 7-day lockdown from Monday restricting people’s movement, shutting shops, markets and suspending operations of public transport (bus, train and domestic flights), people took it lightly and moving around freely defying the restriction, posing risks of more transmission.

Later, the government allowed movement of public transport in city corporation areas and reopened shops and shopping malls until April 13.
 
Coronavirus claimed 568 lives in Bangladesh in January this year, while 281 in February and 638 in March.
 
Bangladesh has so far recorded 666,132 coronavirus cases, the DGHS handout added.

The number of daily cases and infection rate had dropped below 5 percent earlier this year but then the infection rate continued to rise amid people’s reluctance about maintaining health safety rules.

Hospitals are struggling to provide treatment to the increasing number of coronavirus patients with their limited resources. The government is increasing the number of beds and Covid-designated hospitals to deal with the situation.
 
Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 last year and confirmed the first death from the virus 10 days later.

The country has so far tested 4,915,758 samples, including 33,193 in the last 24 hours, the DGHS said.

Among the latest victims, 43 died in Dhaka division, 15 in Chattogram, 3 in Rajshahi, seven in each Khulna, four in Barishal and two in Sylhet divisions.

So far, 5,482 coronavirus patients died in Dhaka division, 1,709 in Chattogram, 520 in Rajshahi, 604 in Khulna, 284 in Barishal, 334 in Sylhet, 381 in Rangpur and 207 in Mymensingh division.

So far, 7130 men (74.89) and 2,391 women (25.11) died of Covid-19.

Vaccination drive

The government launched a countrywide vaccination campaign on February 7 with doses received from the Serum Institute of India.
 
Bangladesh on Thursday began its second phase of inoculating people against the coronavirus disease amid uncertainty around vaccine availability.

Alarming global surge

Around 132,944,526 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed around the world, according to the data of the Centre for System Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University.

Moreover, death toll from the virus reached 2,886,103 as of Thursday morning.

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