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Lowest Covid deaths in 17 months


Published : 22 Oct 2021 10:34 PM | Updated : 23 Oct 2021 01:37 PM

Bangladesh registered four more deaths from Covid-19 till 8am Friday, which is the lowest in the last 17 months. The country recorded three deaths on 6 May last year.

The number of infection has also declined significantly.

The country recorded 232 new infections in the meantime taking the total number of people infected to 1,567,139, according to a press release issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Friday.

A total of 219 cases of Covid-19 were identified in April, last year.

The country has been successfully defeating coronavirus crisis under the pragmatic leadership and directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The government has been taking many steps to combat Covid-19 since its inception.

Mass vaccination, social awareness, corona dedicated hospital facility, telemedicine service, rapid corona test facility, social distancing and many other initiatives taken to curb the infections and deaths in the country has brought effective results.

Professor Dr Mohammad Shahidullah, President of the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 told Bangladesh Post, “We have reached a satisfactory state in combating coronavirus.”

“No death is desirable but the number of fatalities has declined significantly compared to a few months ago. Bangladesh is at a successful state at present due to the overall timely measures taken by the government including mass vaccination,” he said.

He further suggested that we still need to remain careful about maintaining distance and following health safety guidelines.

“Most of the people of our country have been vaccinated. Hopefully, we won’t have to experience any more dreadful situations in terms of deaths and infection rates if the vaccination programme continues,” he said.

Prof Be-Nazir Ahmed, former director (disease control) of DGHS, echoed the same.

He said, “We are now at a state that can be considered under control.”

“However, we need to set targets in order to vaccinate the entire population as soon as possible. We need to set up a contingency plan so that we can stay ready for any kind of surge. If the situation deteriorates in the future, we must isolate the region immediately to avoid the consequences that we had to face earlier,” he added.

The total number of deaths in the country has reached to 27,805 with the latest figure.

The current infection rate stands at 1.36 while the overall positivity rate stands at 15.38 percent. The death rate now stands at 1.77 percent in the country, added the release.

Among the four deceased, two were men, and two were women. Of the deceased, two were from Dhaka and one each from Chattogram and Barisal.

A total of 17,100 samples were tested across the country till 8am on Friday.

During this period 564 Covid-19 patients have recovered. A total of 1,530,647 people have recovered from the virus so far and the recovery rate stands at 97.67 percent.

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