Single-day deaths from coronavirus hit a 204-day low in Bangladesh with the health authorities reporting 12 fatalities in the 24 hours to 8am on Thursday.
The country earlier registered 11 deaths on March 17.
The caseload jumped by 663 in the 24 hours, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
During the same period, 664 patients also recovered from the disease around the country.
The latest additions took the country’s death toll to 27,647, the total caseload to 1,560,818 and the total number of recoveries to 1,521,777.
A total of 22,321 samples were tested during the 24-hour period, yielding an infection rate of 2.97%.
With this, the daily test positivity rate has stayed below 5% for 17 consecutive days, while the overall infection rate in the country stands at 15.78%.
The seven-day moving average of single-day deaths in Bangladesh was 19.57 on Thursday.
File Photo: People stand in a queue to receive 2nd phase of Covid-19 mass campaign at Urban Primary Health Care Services, Azimpur on September 28, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/ Dhaka Tribune
Chittagong counted five deaths, the highest among the divisions.
Four fatalities were reported in Dhaka, two in Khulna and one in Rajshahi.
All 12 of them died at different hospitals across the country.
Of the new patients, Dhaka logged 389 cases, the highest among the divisions, followed by Chittagong with 95.
Meanwhile, the latest figures have put the recovery rate at 97.5% and the mortality rate at 1.77%.
Around 35.39 million people in the country have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Of them, some 17.62 million have taken both doses, according to DGHS data aggregated till Wednesday.
Bangladesh reported its first three cases of Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a strain of coronavirus later named Sars-CoV-2, on March 8 last year. The first death was reported 10 days later.
The fast-spreading coronavirus has so far claimed over 4.84 million lives and infected more than 237.17 million people throughout the world, according to Worldometer.
More than 214.31 million people have recovered from the disease, which has affected 223 countries and territories across the planet.