The coronavirus has claimed nine more lives and infected 278 more people across the country in the last 24 hours till 8 am Saturday, according to data released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
The latest figures continue to depict an improved Covid-19 situation in the country in the last few weeks. However, experts have urged caution against the new Delta Plus variant, which is increasingly spreading through the United Kingdom.
"The infection rate in the country is better at present. We are hoping, like the previous year, the situation will remain such until March of the next year. Because other viruses tend to be more dominating in our country during winter," Professor Nazrul Islam, virologist and member of the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 told The Business Standard (TBS).
"However", he said, "the situation can deteriorate due to the Delta Plus variant found in the UK. Hence, we cannot stop wearing masks. Also, more people need to be vaccinated. If necessary, screening at airports should be tightened again."
UK scientists have warned that the new mutated form of the virus— Delta Plus— is possibly more transmissible, reports local media. But, there has been so far no evidence that it causes more serious illness than the original Delta variant.
To evaluate its possible risk, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has moved it up into the "variant under investigation", according to BBC.
Meanwhile, according to latest figures by DGHS, the positivity rate of Covid-19 in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours stands at 1.85% with 15,042 samples tested across the country.
With the latest additions, the death toll reached 27,814 and the case tally climbed to 15,67,417 in the country.
Among the deaths reported on Saturday, two each died in Dhaka, Rajshahi, and Khulna divisions, and one each died in Sylhet, Rangpur and Mymensingh divisions.
Also, 294 patients were declared free of the virus during the preceding 24 hours with a 97.67% recovery rate.
The Covid-19 victims' gender breakdown shows that 17,814 of the total deceased across the country were men and 10,000 were women.
The country's maiden cases were reported on 8 March last year and the first death from the virus was reported 10 days later on 18 March.