September 20, 2021, 3:12 am
Dhaka: The number of COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh hit a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic with 8,364 new infections being reported in a span of 24 hours, pushing the nationwide coronavirus tally to 8,96,770, so far.
The death toll rose to 14,276 with 104 new fatalities as the virus was first detected on March 8 last year, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement today.
It said 23.86 percent of the 35,059 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 8,07,673 after another 3,570 patients were discharged from the hospitals during the past one day.
The DGHS statistics showed of the people infected from the beginning, 90.06 percent recovered, while 1.59 percent died.
A study team of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) found 93 percent anti-body of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine recipients against COVID-19.
Antibody tests were conducted on 308 vaccinated doctors, nurses and other employees of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
While revealing the study at DMCH on June 27, they said age of 80 percent of the people, who participated in the survey, is above 50.
In the past 24 hours, combined figure of coronavirus patients in Dhaka city and upazilas of Dhaka district is 3,165 while the tally of infections in the country has stood at 8,364 during the same period.
The DGHS said as of June 28, 5,14,827 out of 8,96,770 were detected alone in Dhaka district including the city.
The DGHS said among the total 14,276 fatalities, 7,540 deaths occurred in Dhaka division, 2,711 in Chattogram, 990 in Rajshahi, 1,200 in Khulna, 418 in Barishal, 523 in Sylhet, 587 in Rangpur and 307 in Mymensingh division.
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.
The country recorded 7,626 COVID-19 cases on April 7 this year, the highest daily spike since the outbreak of the pandemic, it added.
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 June 28, 2021, 13.32 GMT, 3,940,937 people have died so far from the COVID-19 outbreak and there are currently 181,958,601 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.