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Bangladesh: Covid cases inch towards 5 lakh

19 Dec 2020 16:58, Somoy English Desk
Bangladesh: Covid cases inch towards 5 lakh
Bangladesh: Covid cases inch towards 5 lakh

The total coronavirus caseload in Bangladesh has inched towards 5 lakh reaching 499,560 as of Saturday with the registration of a further 1,267 cases in the previous 24 hours.

Besides, 25 more people lost their battle to the virus, officially known as Sars-CoV-2 which is responsible for Covid-19, during the period, pushing the national death tally to 7,242. 

Of the new deceased, 17 are men and eight are women. Among the total dead, 5,522 or 76.25 percent are men while 1,720 or 23.75 percent are women.

Currently, there are 56,717 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, 1,987 more patients recuperated in the last 24 hours to take the total recoveries in the country to 435,601. 

During the period, 12,300 samples were tested in 160 labs across the country. With this, a total of 3,062,364 samples have so far been tested in the country.

The positivity rate -- an indicator of the prevalence of the disease -- was recorded at 10.30 percent in the last 24 hours while the overall positivity rate is 16.31 percent.

The recovery rate in Bangladesh improved further to 87.20 percent. 

Bangladesh has one of the lowest case fatality rates or CFR, which measures deaths among Covid-19 patients, at 1.45 percent.

On Friday, the country registered 25 deaths and 1,318 infections from coronavirus after testing 14,336 samples with a positivity rate of 9.19 percent.

Meanwhile, the world is reeling under the coronavirus recording 724,262 infections in the last 24 hours till 10am on Saturday.

In total, the confirmed infections have reached 76,007,060 around the world, according to data collated by tracking website Worldometer.

Besides, the global death toll has reached 1,681,079, including 12,723 deaths reported during the period.

Of the currently infected 21,050,057 patients, 20,943,200 are in mild condition while 106,857 are in serious or critical condition.

So far, 53,275,924 people have made recovery from Covid-19 globally.

The US is the worst-hit country with highest cases and deaths in the world at 17,888,353 and 320,845 respectively while India has 2nd highest cases of 10,004,825 and third highest fatalities of 145,171 and Brazil has 2nd highest deaths of 185,687 and third highest cases of 7,163,912.

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