July 1, 2022, 7:00 am

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2021-06-19 14:44:34 BdST

COVID-19 pandemic: Highest deaths in 7 weeksBD reports 67 deaths, 3,057 new cases

Bangladesh has recorded its highest single-day Covid-19 deaths in seven weeks as people continue to ignore health rules and flout government-issued guidelines to curb the virus’ spread.

Although data from the health authorities showed a spike in the number of daily deaths, the figure of new cases witnessed a decline.

In a 24-hour period until 8:00 am on Saturday, 67 deaths and 3,057 new cases were recorded, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a press release.

With the figures, the total number of fatalities rose to 13,466 and caseload jumped to 8,48,027.

The fresh death toll was the highest since May 3. The mortality rate remained at 1.59 per cent.

Among the latest day's victims, 34 were men, and 33 were women. Of the victims, 65 died in different hospitals across the country while three died at home. 

Among the latest victims, 24 died in Khulna division, 14 in Dhaka, 11 in Chattogram, eight each in Rajshahi and Rangpur, and one each in Sylhet and Mymensingh.

Total deceased include 9,657 men and 3,809 women.

The DGHS said 16,964 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and of those, 18.02 per cent came out positive for the virus.

With 63,05,503 tests carried out so far, the overall infection rate stands at 13.45 percent.

The ongoing restrictions on people’s movement, which has been extended until July 15, helped bring down the number of cases but the situation seems to be deteriorating over the last few days.

Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus cases on March 8 last year and the first death on March 18, 2020.

So far, a total of 7,80,146 patients (92 per cent), have recovered, including 1,725 in the last 24-hour period.

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