With 39 additional deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the death toll in Bangladesh from Covid-19 has gone up to 3306 on Thursday.
On average, some 165.3 deaths have been recorded per week since March 18.
During the period, 2,977 new cases have been detected by the health authorities after testing 12,708 samples.
So far, 2,49,651 have been diagnosed with the disease against 12,25,124 tests.
The daily infection rate and overall infection rate against the number of total tests are 23.43 percent and 20.38 percent respectively.
The total number of recoveries saw moderate growth Thursday as 2,074 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of recovered cases to 1,43,824. The recovery rate is now 57.6 percent.
These data were revealed at the daily online health bulletin of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) broadcasted from Mohakhali.
At present, there are 1,02,521 active cases of Covid-19 in the country.
In the last 24 hours, the highest 13 deaths were recorded in the age bracket of 61 and 70 years followed by nine between 51 and 60 years.
Seventeen patients died in Dhaka, seven in Chattogram, four in Khulna, one in Mymensingh, six in Rangpur and Rajshahi and four in Barishal and Sylhet divisions during the period.
Among the total 3,306 deceased, highest 1549 patients are aged over 60 years.
At present 18,674 people are in isolation while 52,820 are home and institutionally quarantined in the country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of former Law Secretary Abu Saleh Zahirul Huq Dulal.
She prayed for eternal salvation of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family.
Former Law Secretary Abu Saleh Jahirul Huq Dulal died of Covid-19 at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Wednesday night.
A court here issued warrants for the arrest of nine policemen including officer-in-charge of Teknaf Model Police Station Pradeep Kumar Das in a case over the killing of Major (retd) Sinha Md Rashed Khan in Teknaf.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Tamanna Farah issued the arrest warrants against them after taking the case into cognizance on Wednesday.
The other accused in the case are inspector of Baharchara Police outpost Liakat Ali, sub-inspector Nandolal Rakkhit, Sub-inspector Tutul, assistant sub-inspector Liton Mia, constable Shafanur Karim, Constable Kamal Hossain, Constable Abdullah AL Mamun, and Constable Mohamamd Mostafa.
Earlier, a case was filed against the nine policemen over the killing of Major (retd) Sinha.
Sharmin Shahrier Ferdous, elder sister of Sinha, filed the case with Teknaf Senior Judicial Magistrate Court on Wednesday, said senior lawyer Mohammad Mostafa.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Tamanna Farah asked the authorities concerned to submit the probe report within seven working days. Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will investigate the case.
Sinha was killed in police firing at Baharchhara police check-post on July 31.
Two people were arrested and two separate cases were filed in this regard, Superintendent of Police ABM Masud Hossain said Saturday.
The Home Ministry formed a four-member committee, headed by Mizanur Rahman, additional divisional commissioner (development), on August 2.
The authorities on Sunday suspended 21 police officers, including the in-charge of Baharchhara police outpost, in connection with the killing.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday assured the mother of Major Sinha of proper investigation into the murder of her son and the trial of his killers.
PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the Prime Minister called up Sinha's mother and consoled her.
Former Law Secretary Abu Saleh Sheikh Md Zahirul Haque Dulal died of Covid-19 at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Wednesday night.
Abu Saleh breathed his last around 11:20 am at BSMMU.
He was admitted to the hospital on July 27 with Covid-19 symptoms and he was diagnosed with the disease, said family sources.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the former law secretary.
She prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family.
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Law Minister Anisul Huq and Law secretary Golam Sarwar also expressed profound shock at the demise of Abu Saleh and prayed for eternal salvation of the departed soul.
Ramesh Chandra Sen, a former minister and MP from Thakurgaon-1 constituency, tested positive for Coronavirus on Wednesday but he has doubts over the test report.
Civil Surgeon of the district Dr Mahfuzar Rahman Sarkar said a medical team of Dinajpur M Abdur Rahim Medical College collected samples of Ramesh Chnadra, former Water Resources and Food Minister, on August 3 and the result came out on Wednesday evening.
MP Ramesh has been self-isolating at home and is doing well, said Dr Mahfuzar.
“I’ve no fever and breathing problem…I’m doing well. I’ve doubt over the test results …I’ll send my samples to the hospital again today,” said Ramesh Chandra.
Officials said 437 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the district and 272 of them have full recovered.