September 20, 2021, 2:54 am
Dhaka: Bangladesh today reported 264 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest single-day toll since the pandemic started in March last year.
“The country logged 264 deaths for second time meaning the same figure was reported on August 5 this year,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement.
With 23.54 percent COVID-19 infection rate, 11, 164 positive cases were reported in the past 24 hours, it added.
An analysis of the official data suggests that 3,709 out of 11,164 COVID-19 positive cases were detected in Dhaka city alone in the past 24 hours while the virus claimed 35 out of 264 lives in the city during same period.
The recovery count rose to 12,34,762 after another 14,903 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.
The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning 89.71 percent recovered, while 1.68 percent died.
The DGHS said among the total 23,161 fatalities, 10,337 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 4,494 in Chattogram, 1,754 in Rajshahi, 3,093 in Khulna, 768 in Barishal, 890 in Sylhet, 1,163 in Rangpur and 662 in Mymensingh division.
It said Bangladesh’s COVID-19 confirmed cases crossed 5,000 mark on March 29, 2021, 6,000 mark on April 1, 2021, 7,000 mark on April 4, 2021, 8,000 mark on June 24, 2021, 9,000 mark on July 5, 11,000 mark July 6, 13,000 mark on July 12, 12,000 mark on July 13, 14,000 mark on July 27 and 16,000 mark on July 28.
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.
The country again witnessed a fall in May, 2021 as it recorded 41,408 cases. From the beginning of June, 2021, the country recorded a sharp rise with 1,12,718 cases, the DGHS said.