Update September 15, 2020

Dhaka 11-43 pm, 26-September, 2020

1,724 new cases, 43 deaths in the past 24 hours

Mirajul Moin Joy

Bangladesh on Tuesday saw a rise in both the number of coronavirus deaths and new reported cases.

The health authorities announced 43 deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing the death tally to 4,802.

During this period, 1,724 new cases were detected after testing 14,050 samples at 94 RT-PCR labs. So far 1,756,746 tests have been carried out with an overall infection rate of 19.41 percent.

Meanwhile, the death rate increased to 1.41 percent, a handout from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18. The country’s confirmed cases soared past 300,000-mark on Aug 26.

So far, the country has recorded 341,056 cases but 245,594 (72.01 percent) of them have recovered – 2,439 in the past 24 hours.

DGHS said that in per one million population, 2,002.6 cases are being recorded and 1442.07 are recovering while 28.2 are dying.

Among the new victims, 32 are aged above 60 years. So far, 3,744 men and 1,058 women have died.

Since the beginning, 2,339 have died in Dhaka division, 1,008 in Chattogram, 323 in Rajshahi, 406 in Khulna, 180 in Barishal, 216 in Sylhet, 228 in Rangpur and 102 in Mymensingh.

Currently, 17,604 people are in isolation and 49,330 are quarantined.

Global Situation

Confirmed COVID-19 cases have exceeded 19.1 million globally, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

Besides, the global death count has reached 926,923.

According to the JHU data, more than 19.7 million people have recovered.

US, the worst-affected country, has registered more than 6.5 million infections and 194,467 deaths.

Meanwhile, India’s confirmed cases neared 5 million on Tuesday.

Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December. It was declared a pandemic in March.

Currently, there is no vaccine for the virus. A number of promising vaccine candidates are in the final phase of their trials.

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