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Covid patients rise by 23pc in a week

21 June 2022

Staff Reporter :
The number of Covid-19 cases is on the rise again in the country. Alongside detecting more new patients daily, the positivity rate is also increasing.
The number of Covid patients has increased by 23 per cent in the last week in the country as compared to the previous week, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). After 20 days, Bangladesh reported one death from Covid-19 and 873 new cases in the last 24 hours till 8 am Monday. Earlier on 30 May, one death from the deadly virus was reported.
Also, the positivity rate surged to 10.87% during the same period as 8,028 samples were tested across the country, which is the highest in four months. Earlier, on 16 February 12.20% positivity rate was reported.
Moreover, the number of hospital-admitted Covid patients is also increasing. Health experts advised wearing masks mandatory and taking booster doses for eligible persons.
According to the DGHS, there are currently 141 patients in general beds and 25 in ICUs across the country. Of them, 89 are admitted to general beds and 21 in ICU in Dhaka hospitals. One week ago, 56 patients were admitted to general beds and 15 to ICUs across the country.
So far, 29,132 people have died and 1,957,200 tested positive in Bangladesh since 2020.
Globally, over 538.97 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 6.31 million have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

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