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Covid-19: Bangladesh reports 166 daily deaths, 6,364 cases

Staff Correspondent
23 Jul 2021 17:31:19 | Update: 23 Jul 2021 18:09:07
Covid-19: Bangladesh reports 166 daily deaths, 6,364 cases
A patient infected with the coronavirus leaves the Dhaka North City Corporation Covid-19 temporary hospital to find another place for treatment, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 21, 2021. — Reuters Photo

Bangladesh on Friday reported 166 new deaths and 6,364 new cases till 8:00am according to the Directorate General of Health Services. 

With these latest figures, the total fatalities in the country now stand at 18,851 and the total cases at 11,46,564.

The case positivity fell slightly to 31.05 per cent from Thursday's 32.19 per cent after testing 20,493 samples in 639 laboratories across the country.

In a 24-hour period, 9,006 patients recovered from the deadly infection with an overall recovery rate of 84.35 per cent.

The overall infection rate is gradually increasing and currently stands at 15.50 per cent.

Among the latest fatalities, Dhaka division saw the highest 60 deaths, followed by Khulna and  Chattogram with 33 each, 12 in Rangpur and 10 in Barishal.

Besides, eight died in Sylhet division and seven in Rajshahi, and three in Mymensingh.

Bangladesh is running a mass vaccination campaign. The country is procuring vaccines from various sources.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 last year and the first coronavirus-related death on March 18 the same year.

Strict movement restrictions

In the shadow of Covid-19 pandemic, Bangladesh celebrated its second-largest religious festival, Eid-ul-Azha on July 21.

After an eight-day relaxed lockdown, strict lcokdown resumed on Friday which will continue until August 5.

Meanwhile, on July 17, State Minister of Public Administration Farhad Hossain said the lockdown restrictions after Eid-ul-Azha is going to be the “strictest” ever imposed in Bangladesh.

"Industries will remain closed during the lockdown after Eid and restrictions will be tightened from July 23 to August 5,” he said.

On July 20, the Cabinet Division issued a gazette notification announcing that all factories, other than food production; pharmaceuticals and tanneries, will be banned from operating during the fresh lockdown starting from July 23 to August 5 to stem the Covid-19 pandemic.