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Covid: Bangladesh reports 978 new infections

06 Jan 2021 16:08, Somoy English Desk
Covid: Bangladesh reports 978 new infections
Covid: Bangladesh reports 978 new infections

The total coronavirus caseload in Bangladesh has reached 518,898 with the detection of 978 more infections over the last 24 hours till Wednesday.

Besides, the virus, officially known as Sars-CoV-2 which is responsible for Covid-19, claimed the lives of 17 more people during the period to push the national death tally to 7,687.

Of the new deceased, 15 are men and two are women. Among the total dead, 5,846 are men while 1,841 are women.

Currently, there are 47,731 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, 1,021 more people recovered from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours to take total recoveries to 463,480.

The recovery rate also continued to improve in the country standing at 89.32 percent.

During the period, 15,544 samples were tested in 180 labs across the country. With this, a total of 3,302,429 samples have so far been tested in the country.

The positivity rate -- an indicator of the prevalence of the disease -- was recorded at 6.29 percent in the last 24 hours while the overall positivity rate is 15.71 percent

Bangladesh has one of the lowest case fatality rates or CFR, which measures deaths among Covid-19 patients, at 1.48 percent.

On Tuesday, the country registered 20 deaths and 991 infections from coronavirus after testing 14,462 samples with a positivity rate of 6.85 percent.

Meanwhile, the global death toll from the coronavirus has reached 1,875,467 as of Wednesday morning.

Besides, the virus has so far sickened 86,833,587 people around the world, according to data collated by tracking website Worldometer.

Of the currently infected 23,424,735 patients, 23,316,656 are in mild condition while 108,079 are in serious or critical condition.

So far, 61,533,385 Covid-19 patients have made recovery worldwide.

The US is the worst-hit country with highest cases and deaths in the world at 21,578,606 and 365,620 respectively while India has 2nd highest cases of 10,375,478 and third highest fatalities of 150,151 and Brazil has 2nd highest deaths of 197,777 and third highest cases of 7,812,007.

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