Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 17 April: The deaths caused by the dreaded coronavirus has reached a new peak with 101 recorded in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours. For the first time that the daily death count surpassed 100-mark here, pushing the total deaths to 10,182 in the country.
With 4,417 more new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the country’s caseload now stands at 7,11,779.
Amid the deadly second wave, the single-day death rate stands at 1.43% and the infection rate at 23.36% in the country.
Among the latest day’s victims, 67 were men and 34 were women. Of the victims, 94 died in different hospitals across the country while seven at home.
Moreover, 59 of them hailed from Dhaka, 20 from Chattogram, six from Rangpur, five from Khulna, four from Barishal, three each from Rajshahi and Mymensingh and one from Sylhet division.
Meanwhile, 5,694 patients were declared free of Covid-19 during the last 24 hours, with an 84.70% recovery rate.
Besides, 18,906 samples were tested in the last 24 hours in 257 labs across the country.
The Covid-19 victims’ gender breakdown shows that 7,566 of the total deceased were men and 2,616 were women.
The country’s maiden cases were reported on 8 March last year and the first death from the virus was reported on 18 March that year.
Meanwhile, India recorded its highest ever 2,17,353 fresh cases of the coronavirus disease on Friday, which takes the country’s total infection tally past 1.42 crore, according to the latest figures released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare. The daily toll from the viral disease has gone up to 1,185.
This week, India overtook Brazil to become the country with the second-highest number of cases worldwide, after the United States.
As of Friday, some 3,001,825 people have died of Covid-19 worldwide and the caseload reached 139,776,430 so far, according to Worldometer.