Bangladesh: Over 25pc samples test positive 3,533 cases detected 

BD Covid-19
IEDCR Director Dr. Mirzadi Sabrina Flora

Staff Correspondent: 

Bangladesh registered its highest positivity rate yesterday, 25.23 percent.

At least 3,533 people tested positive for Covid-19 after 14,002 samples were tested in 24 hours until 8:00 am yesterday.

The tests were carried out in 79 labs across the country.

Experts said rise in positivity rate indicates the transmission is rising in many parts of the country, especially outside the major hotspots like Dhaka and Narayanganj.

Between July 5 and July 13 (Monday), the day-on-day positivity rate rose from 19.57 to 24.87 percent but decreased to 23.51 on Tuesday.

“The rising trend in the positivity rate indicates the transmission is rising and probably, it is outside the city areas. Because, we have noticed a stable trend in major hotspots [Dhaka, Chattogram and Narayanganj] recently,” Dr. Mushtuq Hussain, consultant of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told The Daily Star.

Yesterday, 33 people were reported dead from Covid-19, taking the death toll at 2,457, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The total number of deaths is 1.27 percent of all the 1,93,590 confirmed cases in the country, Prof Nasima Sultana, additional director general (admin) of the DGHS, said during yesterday’s briefing.

Including yesterday’s 1,796, a total of 1,05,023 Covid-19 patients, 54.25 percent of all confirmed cases, have recovered.

Of yesterday’s deceased, 27 were male and six were female. A total of 27 died in hospitals and six died in their homes.

Fourteen were over 60 years old while 10 between 51 and 60, five between 41 and 50, three between 31 and 40, and another one was under 10.

Of those who died yesterday, 16 were from Dhaka division, seven from Chattogram, two from Rajshahi, three from Rangpur, and five from Khulna.

Of the total deceased, 1,940 were males and 517 females.

So far, Dhaka division witnessed the highest Covid-19 deaths — 1,224 (around 50 percent) — followed by Chattogram with 633 deaths (nearly 26 percent).

Mymensingh division has the lowest number of deaths, 56 so far.


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