Country sees rise in Covid deaths again

The daily number of Covid-19 deaths has increased again as the health directorate reported 30 deaths in the last 24 hours till 8:00am yesterday.

This was the second highest single-day casualty in the past 37 days, while the highest — 39 — during this period was reported on Tuesday.

During the same 37-day period, the number was limited to 20 with a sudden rise to 25 or below for several days, according to data from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Over the last week, a rising trend was observed in daily deaths and the number of new cases.

With the latest figure, the Covid-19 death toll rose to 6,306.

In the same 24 hours, another 2,364 people tested positive for the virus, taking the total number of infections to 4,41,159.

Against a total of 17,531 tests in the same period, the positivity rate was 13.48 percent, which is more than the previous day’s 12.82 percent.

With this, the overall positivity rate was 16.92 percent.

According to experts, the daily positivity rate is one of the important parameters to measure the transmission level of the virus.

If the rate remains below five percent and does not increase, it means the transmission is under control, epidemiologists said.

Throughout the last two months till last week, the positivity rate was below 12 percent almost every day and started increasing over the last week.

Since last month, countries across Europe and America have been witnessing a harsh spike in Covid-19 cases with the advent of winter even after successfully slowing the outbreak earlier in the year.

Observing a rising trend of cases and deaths, experts in Bangladesh stressed the need for immediate acceleration of scientific virus curbing measures.

Meanwhile, at least 1,934 Covid-19 patients have recovered in the same 24 hours.

The total number of recoveries rose to 3,56,722 and the recovery rate was 80.86 percent.

Among the 30 dead, 25 were male and five were female.

All of them died in hospital, according to the DGHS press release.

Two of them were aged between 41 and 50, seven between 51 and 60 and the rest were above 60 years, added the release.

A total of 2,720 patients were undergoing treatment in general beds while 289 were in ICU beds in Covid-19 dedicated hospitals across the country.

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