Deaths from COVID-19 in Bangladesh declined again as the country reported seven more fatalities on Wednesday which was 13 on Tuesday.
With these, the death toll rose to 8,496, the Directorate General of Health Services confirmed through a press release this afternoon.
Meanwhile, the country has, so far, reported six cases of the new Covid-19 variant having similarities to the one detected in the UK, the IEDCR chief scientific officer ASM Alamgir confirmed on Wednesday.
However, new cases of coronavirus continued to rise as 1018 more people were infected in the last 24 hours. Now the infection number stood at 5,53,105.
Health authorities also reported 1,264 more recoveries over the preceding 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 5,06,613.
In the last 24 hours, 219 coronavirus testing laboratories across the country collected 17,299 samples and tested 17,033 .
With this, a total of 41,97,970 samples were tested in the country.
Of the deceased four were male and three female. Of them, four are from Dhaka, two from Chattogram and from Barishal divisions.
The infection rate is 5.98 per cent in the last 24 hours, compared to the samples tested, while the overall infection rate is 13.18 per cent.
So far, the recovery rate is 91.59 per cent and the mortality rate is 1.54 per cent.
China reported first death from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province, on January 11 last year.
Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus case on March 8 last year and the first death on March 18 the same year.
According to Worldometer’s COVID-19 data, the deadly virus has killed 26,23,850 people globally and infected 11,82,35,552 as of today afternoon.