September 20, 2021, 2:05 am
Dhaka:Bangladesh today recorded 143 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths, the highest number in a single day since its first detection on March 8 last year while 8,301 fresh cases were reported during the period.
“The tally of infections has surged to 9,21,559 as 8,301 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement.
The government has imposed a seven-day lockdown that began from today to contain transmission of the deadly virus.
A total of 143 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 14,646 .
The country recorded the second highest 119 deaths on June 27 this year when the daily toll continued to exceed 100 for several days.
It said 25.90 percent of the 32,055 samples collected in 24 hours were tested positive while the infection rate was only 2.30 percent just on February 8 this year as during the late winter season, the rate started decreasing sharply.
The recovery count rose to 8,20,913 after another 4,663 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.
The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning 89.08 percent recovered, while 1.59 percent died.
In the past 24 hours, combined figure of coronavirus of Dhaka city and upazilas of Dhaka district is 2,360 while the tally of infections in the country has stood at 8,301 during the same period.
The DGHS said as of June 30, 5,22,711 out of 9,21,559 were detected alone in Dhaka district including the city.
The DGHS said among the total 14,646 fatalities, 7,6 14deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 2,765 in Chattogram, 1,053 in Rajshahi, 1,311 in Khulna, 431 in Barishal, 534 in Sylhet, 618 in Rangpur and 320 in Mymensingh diviion.
The DGHS said Bangladesh’s COVID-19 confirmed cases crossed 5,000 mark on March 29, 2021 and 6,000 mark on April 1, 2021 while it surpassed 7,000 mark on April 4, 2021.
According to month-wise statistics last year, 51 COVID-19 positive cases were detected in March 2020, 7616 in April, 39,486 in May, 98,330 in June, 92,178 in July, 75,335 in August, 50,483 in September, 44, 205 in October, 57,248 in November and 48,578 in December.
The beginning of the current year witnessed a drastic fall of coronavirus cases in the country but the trend lasted for only two months — 21,629 cases were detected in January and 11,077 in February.
After the drastic fall of COVID-19 confirmed cases, the country witnessed sharp increase of infection as 65,079 cases were reported in March, 2021 and 1,47,837 cases in April.
According to month-wise statistics last year, five COVID-19 deaths were reported in March, 2020, 163 in April, 482 in May, 1,197 in June, 1,264 in July, 1,179 in August, 970 in September, 672 in October, 721 in November and 915 in December.
Month-wise data of the current year, 568 coronavirus fatalities were recorded in January, 2021, 281 in February, 638 in March and 2,404 in April, the DGHS sources said.
To receive information and treatment facilities on COVID-19, the contact hotline and mobile numbers are 16263; 333; 10655 and 01944333222.
As of July 1, 2021, 13.55 GMT, 3,965,014 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 183,090,540 confirmed cases in 212 countries and territories, according to Worldometer, a reference website that provides counters and real-time statistics for diverse topics.
China was the world’s first country which on January 11, 2020 reported the first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province.