In the last 24 hours, 18 people have died of Covid-19, of which 13 were from Dhaka. According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) a total of 5,923 people died of Covid-19 in the country till now. Of the total deaths 3,079 people have died in Dhaka only, which is 51.98% or more than half.
The DGHS revealed the latest figures on Covid-19 in the country with a press release on Saturday. Chittagong is the division with the second highest mortality rate.
So far, 1,173 people (19.80%) have died in Chittagong, 371 people (6.26%) in Rajshahi division, 470 people (7.94%) in Khulna division, 200 in Barisal division (3.38%), 246 people (4.15%) died in Sylhet division, 262 people (4.42%) died in Rangpur division and 122 people (2.06%) died in Mymensingh division.
The country also logged more than 407,000 coronavirus cases with 1,320 people testing positive over the last 24 hours. With this development, the number of all confirmed cases so far jumped to 407,684.
The health authorities said 1,442 people recovered from the disease over the preceding 24 hours. So far, 324,145 patients (79.51%) have made full recovery across the country.
Of the 18 deceased, including 12 men, 13 were from Dhaka division, two each from Chittagong and Khulna and one from Sylhet.
All 18 of the victims died at different hospitals in the country. So far, 4,553 men (76.87%) and 1,370 women (23.13%) have died from Covid-19 across the country.
The mortality rate against the total number of cases detected so far stands at 1.45%.
The DGHS said 11,209 samples were collected from suspected Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours.
As many as 11,531 samples, including the pending ones, were tested in the 113 authorized labs â€” both government and private â€” across the country.
The latest figures show an infection rate of 11.45%. To date, 2,336,262 tests have been conducted in the country, leading to an overall infection rate of 17.45% so far.
On March 8, health authorities in Bangladesh reported the first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain which was later named Sars-CoV-2.
People over 60 more at risk
Those over the age of 60 have a higher mortality rate. Out of a total 5,923 deaths 3,086 people or 52.01% were over the age of 60.
This is followed by people aged 51 to 60 with 1,566 (26.44%) deaths, 736 people or 12.43% people were aged between 41 to 50, 326 people or 5.50% were aged between 31 to 40, 134 people or 2.26% were between the age of 21 and 30, 46 people (0.78%) were in the age group of 11 to 20 years and 29 people in the age group of zero years (0.49%).
The novel coronavirus broke out in China's Wuhan city in late December last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
The fast spreading coronavirus has claimed 1,195,088 lives and infected 46,000,951 people across the world till 4pm on Saturday, according to Worldometer.
As many as 33,295,767 people have recovered from Covid-19 which has spread to 215 countries and territories across the planet.