Bangladesh confirms over 2.6 lakh virus cases | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 11, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:06 AM, August 11, 2020

Bangladesh confirms over 2.6 lakh virus cases

Bangladesh's officially confirmed novel coronavirus cases went up to 260,507 with the detection of 2,907 new cases in 24 hours till 8:30am yesterday.

The death tally rose to 3,438 with 39 new deaths, said Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), at a regular online briefing in the afternoon.

Of the deceased, 79.14 percent are men and 20.86 percent women.

Bangladesh's fatality rate stands at 1.3 percent while the recovery rate is 57.7 percent. The country reported its first Covid-19 cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.

Labs around the country have conducted 1273,168 tests so far, including the latest 12,849, and found 20.46 percent of the samples to be positive.

Nasima said 2,067 more patients have recovered during the 24-hour period, bringing the total number of recoveries to 150,437.

The fatalities include a child below 10. Twenty-three of the deceased are aged between 51 and 70 years.

Novel coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year. In March, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic.

There are now over 19.7 million confirmed Covid-19 cases globally, with more than 729,000 fatalities and 12 million recoveries, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The United States currently has the highest number of confirmed cases (5044,864) and deaths (162,938). Brazil is the second worst-hit country with 3035,422 cases and 101,049 deaths.

Neighbouring India has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases (2215,074) and fifth-highest death toll (44,386), according to JHU.

Bangladesh has been recording a high number of cases in recent weeks. Many fear that the number will increase if more tests are conducted.

The government has requested the people to properly follow the health guidelines.

DGHS official Nasima reiterated that taking precautions is the only way to tackle Covid-19 for now. She urged everyone to follow hygiene rules.


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