Covid-19: Bangladesh reports 2 more deaths; positivity rate rises to 1.5%

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Dhaka, Dec 01: Bangladesh logged two more Covid-linked deaths along with 282 fresh cases in 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

With the latest cases, the daily-case positivity rate rose to 1.50 per cent from Tuesday’s 1.38 per cent, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

With the fresh numbers, the total fatalities rose to 27,983 while the caseload mounted to 15,76,566 amid the growing concern over the new ‘Omicron’ variant of coronavirus.

Among the latest deceased, one was a woman and another man. The deaths were reported from the Dhaka and Khulna division.

However, the mortality rate declined to 1.77 per cent.

The fresh cases were detected after testing 18,928 samples, the DGHS added.

Besides, the recovery rate increased to 97.77 per cent with the recovery of 383 more patients during the 24-hour period.

On November 20, Bangladesh logged this year’s first zero Covid-linked death with 178 cases.

Bangladesh logged the highest number daily fatality at 264 on August 5 this year. Besides, the highest daily caseload was 16,230 on July 28 this year.

So far, 3,69,63,122 people have fully been vaccinated in the country while 6,17,32,437 received the first dose as of Tuesday, according to the DGHS.

Meanwhile, the government will administer Covid-19 booster doses to senior citizens aged above 60, but the date for the campaign has not yet been decided, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said on Tuesday.

“We’ll sit later to set the date. We’ve a plan to provide booster dose to those who are seriously ill,” he said while talking to reporters after an inter-ministerial meeting on Covid-19 at the ministry.

He said the meeting discussed measures on how to prevent Omicron, a new powerful variant of the infection, from entering the country and contain its spread.