Bangladesh: Covid cases approaching 5 lakh

16 Dec 2020 15:43, Somoy English Desk
Bangladesh: Covid cases approaching 5 lakh
Bangladesh: Covid cases approaching 5 lakh

The coronavirus caseload in Bangladesh is nearing 5 lakh reaching 495,841 as of Wednesday with the detection of 1,632 more infections over the last 24 hours.

Besides, the virus, officially known as Sars-CoV-2 which is responsible for Covid-19, killed 27 more people to push the national death tally to 7,156.

Of the new deceased, 23 are men and four are women. Among the total dead, 5,462 or 76.33 percent are men while 1,694 or 23.67 percent are women.

Currently, there are 59,334 active cases in the country.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) disclosed the information through a press release in the afternoon.

As per the press release, 2,622 more patients recuperated in the last 24 hours to take the total recoveries in the country to 429,351.

During the period, 17,025 samples were tested in 140 labs across the country. With this, a total of 3,022,537 samples have so far been tested in the country.

The positivity rate -- an indicator of the prevalence of the disease -- was recorded at 9.59 percent in the last 24 hours while the overall positivity rate is 16.40 percent.

The recovery rate in Bangladesh improved further to 86.59 percent.

Bangladesh has one of the lowest case fatality rates or CFR, which measures deaths among Covid-19 patients, at 1.44 percent.

On Tuesday, the country registered 40 deaths and 1,877 infections from coronavirus after testing 19,054 samples with a positivity rate of 9.85 percent.

Meanwhile, global coronavirus cases have surged to 73,806,583 as of Wednesday morning.

Besides, the virus has so far killed 1,641,635 people around the world, according to data collated by tracking website Worldometer.

Of the currently infected 20,348,232 patients, 20,230,370 are in mild condition while 117,862 are in serious or critical condition.

So far, 51,816,716 people have made recovery from Covid-19 globally.

The US is the worst-hit country with highest cases and deaths in the world at 17,143,779 and 311,068 respectively while India has 2nd highest cases of 9,932,908 and third highest fatalities of 144,130 and Brazil has 2nd highest deaths of 182,854 and third highest cases of 6,974,258.


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