Covid-19 in Bangladesh: Daily infection rate rises, fatalities fall
Publish- February 19, 2021, 06:51 PM
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Update- February 19, 2021, 07:07 PM
The daily infection rate jumped to 2.85% on Friday which was 2.68% on Thursday, according to data released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). (File photo)
Bangladesh saw a decline in Covid-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours until Friday morning but the daily infection rate jumped slightly.
Eight coronavirus-related deaths and 406 new cases were recorded until morning. On Thursday, 15 deaths and 391 fresh cases were reported.
Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.
The daily infection rate jumped to 2.85% on Friday which was 2.68% on Thursday, according to data released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
So far, 542,674 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed with 8,337 fatalities.
According to the latest figures, the overall infection rate stood at 13.83% which was 13.87% percent on Thursday. It is expected to fall further as a countrywide coronavirus vaccination drive is underway.
But the mortality rate rose to 1.54% from 1.53% on Friday, the DGHS handout said.
So far, 490,468 patients (90.38%) have recovered from Covid-19.
The authorities have tested 3,922,489 samples until today – 14,232 in the past 24 hours.
The countrywide Covid-19 vaccination drive kicked off on February 7.
Bangladesh inked an agreement with the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd, the world’s largest vaccine maker, for 30 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Serum will send five million doses each month between January and June.
Five million doses arrived in January and India gifted another two million doses as gift.
The government, determined to make the vaccination driver a success, brought down the age to 40 for registration to get jabs. The doses are being provided for free.
So far, 181,546 people have received the first shot. After the first dose, the second one has to be taken within 8 to 12 weeks.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has criticised the “wildly uneven and unfair” distribution of COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, saying 10 countries have administered 75% of all vaccinations.
He demanded a global effort to get all people in every nation vaccinated as soon as possible, reports AP.
The UN chief told a high-level meeting of the UN Security Council that 130 countries have not received a single dose of vaccine and declared that “at this critical moment, vaccine equity is the biggest moral test before the global community.”
Guterres called for an urgent Global Vaccination Plan to bring together those with the power to ensure equitable vaccine distribution.