The Covid-19 pandemic took on its deadliest turn yet as Bangladesh set records both in Covid-19 deaths and infections with 247 people dead and 15,192 testing positive in 24 hours until 8am today.
The sharp surge in deaths and infections was recorded at a time when the country has been in strict lockdown following the end of the three-day Eid vacation.
The record in infections could be down to health officials testing a record number of 50,952 samples across the country, confirming 29.82% positivity rate during the same time.
Following an increase in the death rate over the past week, the rate remained unchanged at 1.65%.
With the latest additions, the death toll reached 19,521 and the case tally climbed to 11,79,827 in the country, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)
According to the division-wise analysis, Chattogram saw a steep surge recording 61 deaths, up from 40 a day ago. However, Dhaka recorded the highest 72 deaths followed by Chattogram.
Moreover, 46 people died in Khulna, 21 in Rajshahi, 16 in Rangpur, 14 in Sylhet, 12 in Barishal, and five died in Mymensingh division.
With the surge in deaths, the casualties among women also grew up as 106 women died of the virus today against a male death toll of 141.
Meanwhile, the total number of recovery crossed the 1 million mark today with the highest ever 11,052 patients came round of the virus in the preceding 24 hours.
The country’s maiden cases were reported on 8 March last year and the first death from the virus was reported on 18 March.