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Bangladesh records zero Covid death, 144 fresh cases

Bangladesh recorded zero Covid death and 144 new cases in the 24 hours until Saturday morning.

The country last reported zero Covid-linked death on August 7, reports UNB.

While Bangladesh’s total fatalities remained unchanged at 29,332, the new number took its caseload to 2,008,644, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

The daily case test positivity rate dropped to 4.29 per cent from Friday’s 4.75 per cent as 3,357 samples were tested.

The mortality rate remained unchanged at 1.46 per cent. The recovery rate rose to 97.12 from Friday’s 97.13 per cent.

In July, the country reported 142 Covid-linked deaths and 31,422 cases, the highest monthly death toll and caseload since March this year.

Bangladesh registered its highest daily caseload of 16,230 on July 28, 2021 and daily fatalities of 264 on August 10, 2021.

Although the current pandemic phase may be characterised by relatively low incidence and risk for hospitalisation and death, the Omicron variant remains highly transmissible.

The potential for surges highlights that ‘countries cannot afford to ease up’ on vaccinating their populations against Covid, ‘especially their health care workers, the elderly and those with comorbidities,’ according to the World Health Organization.