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Covid cases up 51pc in a week

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The number of new cases of Covid-19 rose by 51 percent in the past week from yesterday compared to the previous one, said a press release from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

During the same period, the number of deaths has also increased by 46.34 percent.

There was over a hundred deaths every day this week, including the all-time high 143 on Thursday.

With 134 Covid-19 deaths in the 24 hours ending at 8:00am yesterday, a total of 859 Covid-19 patients died, up from 587, in the the week.

Meanwhile, 53,118 people tested positive for the virus including 6,214 new cases yesterday. In the previous week, 35,111 cases were positive.

With the latest count, the total number of deaths rose to 14,912 which is 1.59 percent of all cases detected since March 8 last year.

The total number of confirmed cases rose to 9,36,256, around 14 percent of all tests done so far.

Yesterday’s positivity rate was 27.39 percent.

Of the deceased yesterday, 84 were males.

The highest 39 deaths were in Khulna division where the positivity rates has been around 35 percent for a month.

The second highest 38 deaths were reported in Dhaka division followed by 23 in Rajshahi, another hotspot of the Delta variant.

In Rangpur division, 15 Covid-19 patients died in the 24 hours while 11 in Chattogram, four in Mymensingh, three in Barishal, and one in Sylhet division.

Of yesterday’s deceased, 127 died in hospitals while seven died in their homes.

The latest surge of Covid-19 infection was due to the spread of Delta variant, which is highly contagious, according to multiple studies.

The hospitals across the country, especially in Khulna, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Dhaka and Chattogram divisions, have been struggling for the last few weeks due to high number of patients.

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