By Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladesh has posted the higest 11,651 cases of novel coronavirus infections, the higest caseloads in a day since the pandemic was began in March last year, the government said on Thursday.
The Health Ministry in a statement disclosed the figure tallied in the last 24 hours until Thursday morning. With the fresh infections, the total number Covid-19 patients rose to 989,219 in Bangladesh.
Some 199 people died during the period, taking the total number of fatalities to 15,792 since the virus was emerged in March last year. The South Asian country reported the highest single day death toll of 201 on Wednesday. It reported more than 1,200 deaths from the virus in the first week of July.
The health ministry statement said 31.62 per cent of the 36,850 samples collected in the last 24 hours were found positive. The positivity rate in early February was less than three per cent.
The recovery count rose to 8,56,346 with conditions of 5,844 patients improving fully. The recovery count was now at 86.57 per cent while death rate is 1.6 per cent.
The Directorate General of Health Services said among the total 15,792 fatalities, 7,936 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 2,915 in Chattogram, 1,185 in Rajshahi, 1,658 in Khulna, 464 in Barishal, 563 in Sylhet, 707 in Rangpur and 364 in Mymensingh division.
Bangladesh has imposed a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the fresh spike in the virus since June 28. Army troopers were deployed to assist the civil administration to restrict people’s movement on July 1.