by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
The Covid-19 caseloads crossed the 1 million mark in Bangladesh Friday, turning the situation grimmer with the health facilities struggling to cope with the rising number of patients.
The South Asian country also reported the highest number of 119 daily death toll on this day, posting the fatality toll to 16,004 since the pandemic began in March last year.
“The country has so far reported 1,000,543 cases with 11,324 new cases reported in the past 24 hours ended on Friday morning,” a statement of the Health Services directorate said.
The current infection rate is 30.95 percent, it said referring to the new cases tested positive from among the 36,586 samples examined at different hospitals across the country.
The infection rate was only 2.30 percent just on February 8 this year, said the statement.
Experts blamed lax implementation of the previously imposed health restrictions, lack of awareness among the people in the rural areas and the arrival of the rapid transmittable Delta variant of the virus for the sharp rise in infections and deaths in Bangladesh.
In its latest efforts, the government imposed a nationwide lockdown on June 28 and called in the army troopers in aid to civil administration to restrict people’s movement.
The government statistics show the recovery count rose to 8,62,384 with condition of 6,038 patients improved while undergoing treatment either at hospitals or at their homes. It said the recovery rate is 86.19 per cent while the death rate is 1.60 per cent.
Some 7,989 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 2,941 in Chattogram, 1,208 in Rajshahi, 1,737 in Khulna, 469 in Barishal, 569 in Sylhet, 719 in Rangpur and 372 in Mymensingh division.
But the south-western Khulna division has become the hotspot of the virus with 79 people reportedly died on Friday.