After nearly five months, Bangladesh's daily Covid infections surpassed the 4,000-mark again on Friday, showing yet again how the pandemic situation is deteriorating.
In 24 hours till 8am on Friday, 4,378 people tested positive for coronavirus, while 6 more died in that time, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
On 26 August last year, daily cases were last recorded above 4,000, with a positivity rate of 13.77%.
Even at the beginning of last December, daily positivity rates hovered near 1%. But the rates have since been on an upward trend.
From 500 in December daily cases have since increased to more than 2,000 last Monday. And within a week, the number now crossed the 4,000-mark.
The current positivity rate went up to 14.66% maintaining an upward trend prevailing around the globe, owing to the latest Covid variant, Omicron, the DGHS said in its routine daily statement.
On the previous day, 12 people died of the virus and 3,369 cases were reported.
Health officials tested 29,871 samples across the country during the 24 hours period.
Since the outbreak, Bangladesh has registered 28,129 casualties and 16,09,042 cases so far.
In the past 24 hours, the combined number of coronavirus cases in Dhaka city and the upazilas of Dhaka district was 3,607, while the casualties in the area were 3 in number.
The total number of people who have recovered from the virus rose to 15,52,306 after another 351 patients were discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours.
From the beginning of the pandemic, 96.47% of Covid-19 patients have recovered, and 1.75% died, according to DGHS statistics.
The DGHS said, of the total 28,129 fatalities, 12,291 occurred in Dhaka division, 5,702 in Chattogram, 2,067 in Rajshahi, 3,622 in Khulna, 950 in Barishal, 1,273 in Sylhet, 1,375 in Rangpur and 849 in Mymensingh divisions.
296 new cases in Ctg
The health authorities of Chattogram have tested 2,038 samples in the last 24 hours and identified 296 new Covid-19 cases.
The positivity rate stood at 14.52%. Nobody died of the virus during the period.
Among the newly identified Covid patients, 263 are from the metropolitan area and 33 are from upazila areas.
A total of 1,04,188 Covid cases have been reported in Chattogram so far, including 75,614 cases in the metropolitan area and 28,574 in upazila areas.
The health officials have so far reported 1,335 deaths in Chattogram.
The country's maiden cases were reported on 8 March 2020 and the first death from the virus was reported on 18 March 2020.
Globally, over 320.58 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 5.52 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.