Covid-19 cases in Bangladesh rise to 545424, fatalities 8395
Publish- February 26, 2021, 06:19 PM
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Update- February 26, 2021, 08:36 PM
Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus cases on March 8 last year and the first death on March 18. File photo
Bangladesh’s coronavirus caseload climbed to 545,424 on Friday after the health authorities detected 470 new cases in the last 24 hours until morning.
With 11 newly-recorded Covid-19 deaths, the fatality count now stands at 8,395.
The mortality rate is 1.54 percent, a handout from the Directorate General of Health Services said.
Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 last year and the first death on March 18.
So far, 4,018,268 tests have been carried out – 15,032 in the last 24 hours.
“The daily infection rate jumped to 3.13% and the overall rate stands at 13.57%,” the DGHS said.
On Thursday, the daily infection rate was 2.63% which was 2.65% on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the health authorities reported 743 recoveries, taking the total to 495,498 or 90.85% of the total recorded cases.
Covid vaccination drive in Bangladesh
Bangladesh launched a countrywide coronavirus vaccination drive on Feb 7.
Until Friday afternoon, 4,108,165 people registered to get the first shot of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. By Thursday, 2,850,940 people had received the first dose. The second dose has to be taken between 8 and 12 weeks of the first one.
The government is providing the vaccine free of cost.
The government signed an agreement with the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd for 30 million doses of the vaccine. Serum will provide five million doses every month between January and June.
People, who are 40 or above, can register for vaccine at www.surokkha.gov.bd. On-spot registration system has been scrapped.
Health experts and the government have been urging people to get registered and follow safety guidelines even after getting vaccinated.