One in four persons tested for the coronavirus was found positive in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours, according to the government’s update on Wednesday.
This is the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic in Bangladesh on March 8, over 25 percent of the samples tested for the virus came out positive.
It comes ahead of Eid-ul-Adha, one of the biggest religious festivals for Muslims, when experts fear further rise due to the movement of people.
Additional director general Prof Nasima Sultana at the daily briefing said they found 3533 new cases of infection testing 14,002 samples in the last 24 hours till 8am. In percentage it was 25.23 percent, at least two percentage points higher than Tuesday’s tally. The number of total confirmed cases stood at 193,590.
During the period, 33 more people died of the disease, raising the death toll to 2,457.
Of the dead patients, 27 were men and six were women.
Moreover, 16 of them were hailed from Dhaka, seven from Chattogram, five from Khulna, three from Rangpur, and two from Rajshahi division.
Twenty-seven of them have died in different hospitals and six at their respective homes.
The highest number of patients - 43.83 percent - died till date are aged sixty and above.
The age groups of 51-60 and 41-50 come next with respectively 29.71 percent and 14.49 percent.
Rest of the age groups stand under eight percent, such as- 31-40 with 7.08 percent, 21-30 with 3.09 percent, 11-20 with 1.14 percent and under ten with 0.66 percent.
The gender-wise analysis of the victims found that 78.92 percent are males and 21.08 percent are females.
Besides, some 1,796 patients have recovered during the time, increasing the tally to 105,023.
Currently, 61,237 people are quarantined across the country – including 2,525 newly-quarantined individuals. A total of 339,593 people have completed their quarantine course.
The authorities placed 949 new individuals suspected of having Covid-19 into isolation, bringing the total to 17,864 after 21,216 left.
The cure rate is around 54.25 percent while the death rate is 1.27 percent.
So far 980,402 samples have been tested for the virus in Bangladesh.
Of them, 19.75 percent people came out positive for the Covid-19.